I was born on March 31st, 1993 in New York, New York. I attended high school in Syracuse, New York, where I spent most of my time making music, running tech for local theater productions, reading, modding video games, and doing math problems.I attended New York University as an undergraduate student and was fortunate to have done research in several different fields including: spintronics with Andrew Kent; 5G wireless with Ted Rappaport and Dennis Shasha; and relativistic jets (in the context of gamma ray bursts) with Andrew MacFadyen. While at NYU, I served as co-president of the Society of Physics Students and was a member of the Presidential Honors Scholars program, which afforded me the opportunity to visit Florence, Italy and Prague, in the Czech Republic. I received degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
I completed my Master's and Doctorate in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where I worked with Charles F. Gammie. As a graduate student, my day job focused on studying supermassive black holes like M87 and SgrA* via numerical simulation and analytic calculation. I spent an enjoyable semester at Los Alamos National Lab working on radiation magnetohydrodynamics.
I am now a member of the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study and an Associate Research Scholar at the Princeton Gravity Initiative in the Physics Department at Princeton University. I am a member of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration and the Horizon collaboration.
In the past, I have held adjunct faculty positions in New York University's Physics Department and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences teaching mid- to upper-level undergraduate courses. I spent several months working in a high-frequency trade division at Cantor Fitzgerald. I have been a sponsored attendee of both Black Hat and DEF CON.
In my free time, I especially enjoy reading, music, and software development.
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