I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems at the University of Western Sydney. Prior to completing my PhD program I was a professional software engineer with a background in mathematics. I also have industrial experience in optical design, physical optics, opto-mechanics, instrumentation, and instrumentation control.

I work on polarization based remote sensing and design, novel imaging systems, opto-mechanical systems, and optical systems for space situational awareness.  I primarily analyze polarization sensing instruments using image science, linear systems theory, estimation theory and these imaging operators in the presence of noise. I also use defined classification/detection tasks to define classes of compressive polarimetric instruments which are best suited to that specific task.  This requires applications of machine learning and feature selection.

I am generally interested in statistical operators applied to classical electromagnetics, machine learning (specifically manifold learning), using learned manifolds to drive insight into complicated physical problems, and general imaging/optics problems.


  • present2020

    Research Fellow

    Western Sydney University, Australia

  • 20202016

    Research Associate

    University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

  • 20162014

    Principal Engineer and member

    maxwell’s muse, llc, Tucson, AZ

  • 20162009

    Research Assistant/Associate

    College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • 20122011

    Software Engineer IV

    Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

  • 20092006

    Software Engineer IV

    Advanced Optical Technologies, Inc., Albuquerque, NM


  • PhD

    Optical Sciences

    College of Optical Sciences @ University of Arizona

  • MS


    University of New Mexico

  • BS


    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Honors, Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

  • 2013-2014
    NSF GTEAMS GK-12 Fellowship
    NSF GK-12 Fellowship award for the mathematics classroom. I was partnered with a high school mathematics teacher and spent 15-20 hours per week on mathematics teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum design.
  • 2012-2013
    TRIF Imaging Fellowship
    Awarded to Ph.D. candidates attending the University of Arizona who are selected for novel imaging research.
  • 2011
    2nd place, best poster
    AMS Artificial and Computational Intelligence Conference
  • 2009-2010
    Optical Sciences Fellowship
    Awarded to those incoming graduate students who merit recruitment to the college.
  • 2002
    NMIMT Mathematics Departmental Award
    Awarded annually to the top graduating undergraduate in mathematics by the mathematics department at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • 1998-2002
    NMIMT Silver Scholarship
    Merit scholarship awarded by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to National Merit Semi-finalists and those incoming undergraduates with ACT scores above 30.
  • 1998-2002
    New Mexico Scholars Scholarship
    Merit and need-based scholarship awarded to outstanding low income matriculating undergraduates who choose to attend a university in New Mexico.
  • 2002
    NMIMT Tech Scholar
    Awarded upon recommendation by the department chair at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for academic excellence for undergraduate students.
  • 2002
    Student Appreciation Award for Student Body Service
    Awarded by the student body for outstanding service to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology community. Award shared with fellow peer facilitators Carolyn Munk, Lisa Edwards, Mindy Gilbert, Aaron Lund, Aaron Prager, Mary Irwin, Becky Redden, Diane Meier, Levi Chavez, and Nikki Beauchamp.