My professional career has been focused on the development of advanced nuclear energy sources. Plasma physics and fusion energy, in particular, has been my primary focus thus far. I’ve been involved with multiple projects in the field, including field reversed configurations, spheromaks, and tokamaks. I am currently working on my Ph.D at the University of Washington in the steady inductive helicity injected torus (HIT-SI) research group. To name just a few topics of interest: more energy efficient current drive, transport in fusion plasmas, the development of new materials for use in fusion environments, and extended MHD simulations of plasmas. The continuous goal of my work is to help in the development of fusion energy, and help bring it to the stage of a feasible energy source to replace fossil fuels.
I am also the CEO of a new start-up company called CTFusion, which is stationed in Seattle, WA. The company seeks to develop a novel approach to spheromak fusion reactors that we’ve coined the ‘dynomak’ concept. This company is a spin-off from the work done by the HIT-SI Research Group at the University of Washington.
Outside academics, I really love the outdoors and activities such as hiking, rowing, and sailing. Nothing is better than getting a glimpse of a star-filled night sky, or seeing vast swaths of mountains and forests completely untouched by human activity. Travelling is one of my favorite things to do, especially road trips.
I’m also very fond of many different types of music, ranging all the way from Mozart to Metallica. I’ve been a violinist for over a decade, and really have a soft spot for the works of Rimsky-Korsakov.