About Me...

I was born and raised around New York City in Westchester County, New York. From a very young age I was interested in science and music. I graduated Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York in 2008 with an Advanced Regents Degree with Honors. I attended Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York, for two years. My major was Computer Science with a double minor in Physics and Psychology. After my sophomore year I transferred to the University of Southampton in Southampton, England for the remainder of my studies. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Computer Science course in June, 2012.

In the summer of 2010 I interned at Intelsat in Washington, DC. in the Satellite Control Systems department as a software engineering intern. I returned to Intelsat in 2011 for another summer internship in the same department.  

After I graduated I worked a MetiSpace Technologies (formally GMV Space Systems), primarily on the NASA/USGS Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite. I worked on two systems for LDCM: archiva, a longterm telemetry trending and analysis sytem, and flexplan, a mission planning system. I also worked on various other satellite missions for the US government and commercial customers while at MetiSpace.

I then returned to Intelsat in the spring of 2013 as an Associate Satellite Control Systems Software Engineer. I was tasked with developing and integrating new satellite commanding technologies into Intelsat's in-house satellite control system. After a year I was promoted to a staff level Satellite Control Systems Software Engineer and I was nominated for a CEO award for "Going The Distance".

In early 2015, I moved across the country to sunny Los Angeles, California to join Space Exploration Technologies, known colloquially as SpaceX, as a Ground Segment/Software Engineer in Mission and Launch Operations. 

I have a passion for aerospace engineering and space systems engineering. In my spare time I enjoy playing football (American football), writing/playing music, and designing/building cool things. 

Science/Engineering
In 9th and 10th grade, Eli Arnow and I designed and built the world's first mobile bio-filtration system. The "Biofilter", was presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albany, New York, and at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair where it placed in the top 4 team projects. This sent us and the Biofilter to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where we competed against 1,500 high school students from around the world. Later that year, in 12th grade, I designed and developed two major projects, C-Dog and Sumo-bot. "C-Dog: Computer-based Direct Object Guidance" is a computer system that recognized objects in the outside world and reported back to the user if C-Dog thought the object was hazardous and how to avoid it. C-Dog won the Naval Science Award at the 2008 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and I presented it at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium as a powerpoint presenter. Sumo-bot was a 125lb autonomous sumo-wrestling robot. Designed, built, wired, and coded by me, I placed Silver in the 2008 National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio. All of these projects are further outlined in the Projects section of this website.

Music 
I picked up the tuba in the 4th grade, the guitar in 5th, the trombone in 8th, and a lot of other instruments thrown in afterwards. I played tuba and bass trombone in the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra for a season as well as tuba in the Westchester All-County Orchestra and Band for two seasons. In high school I was the captain of the Pep Band as well as the Jazz Ensemble, writing music and playing tuba and trombone for both groups. At Ithaca College I was in the Campus Band as 1st Chair Tuba as well as Bass Trombone. I also met Brett Cohen at Ithaca we started a group called The Post Season Prospects. The PSP has produced for three talented female artists in the genres of hip-hop, rap, and pop. I was also a radio DJ/Personality on VIC Radio and WICB 91.7 FM, the #1 College Radio Program in the Nation as voted by MTVu. I hosted 3 shows on VIC Radio including a 90's alternative rock show on Friday nights called Alternagold, a chillout show on Sunday nights called Cafe Del Mar, and a dance/trance show also on Sunday nights called CDM 2.0. I have interviewd many guests for my shows including Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Richard Patrick from Filter, Grammy Nominated EDM pioneer BT, Janina Gavankar from the hit TV series "The L Word", Rocktronica queen JES, Lance Reddick from "The Wire", "Oz", "Lost", and "Fringe". Charlie Dominici and Derek Sherinian formally of Dream Theater, Lauren Pope, a model and DJ from the UK, Steen Thottrup from Miro, Creature with the Atom Brain, Officer Kicks, Mafia Lights (formally Your Vegas), and KIIS FM radio personality JoJo Wright.