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I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Häffner group at UC Berkeley and the NSF Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation (CIQC). I’m also a graduate student intern in the OVER-QC group at Sandia National Laboratories. My research interests include trapped-ion quantum computing, quantum circuit synthesis, and experimental verification of analog quantum simulations.

In addition to my research pursuits, I have spent over ten years in the software engineering world as an individual contributor, technical leader, and people manager.


  • Ph.D. in Physics (in progress), University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S. in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S. in Computer Science, Boston University
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Grove City College


  • Graduate Student Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, 2021-
  • Software Engineer, Facebook, 2021-
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft Office and Azure Quantum, 2017-2021
  • Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft Office, 2014-2017
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft Office, 2008-2014
  • Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft Office, 2006-2007

Academic Honors