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I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley. As a member of the Häffner lab, my research interests include experimental trapped-ion quantum computing and experimental verification of quantum simulation and computation.

I have over a decade of software engineering experience at Microsoft 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

Industry Experience

  • Senior Quantum Software Engineer, Microsoft Azure, 2020-2021
  • Senior Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft Office, 2014-2018
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft Office, 2006-2014

Academic Honors

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2017-2021
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor in Physics, 2019-2020
  • System Design and Management Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2015
  • Boston University Science and Engineering Applied Science Award, 2011
  • Grove City College Roger Clark Dawes Engineering Award, 2008