MoonRanger Team Member
MoonRanger Systems Team Lead - MS Computational Design and Manufacturing (CMU 2021), MS Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (CMU 2017), BS Mechanical Engineering (Penn State 2015), BS Political Science (Penn State 2015). Namesake of the first American lunar robot (Iris). I joined Red’s lab in Spring 2017 by signing up for the 16-865 Space Robotics class and just never left. The opportunities here have been endless, starting with becoming mechanical lead and later project lead for CMU’s CubeRover development. The first flight rover from that effort, Iris, is named after me and currently waiting on its lunar lander for its 2022 mission. I also became the mechanical lead and then science and project lead for Red’s latest nuclear robots, PipeDream→RadPiper, which culminated in the first robotic inspection campaign approved by the Department of Energy to assay enriched uranium holdup deposits. I’m very excited to be seeing MoonRanger through to mission, as I wrote much of the original NASA proposal in 2019 and then rejoined the project in 2021 as the Systems Team lead. CMU and Red’s lab in particular have given me two funded graduate degrees, a full-time job, eight peer-reviewed publications, a patent, and a robot named after me on a lunar lander. I can’t wait to see where we go next!