Senior Research Engineer, Applied Physics Lab
My research focuses on the intersection of computing and the ocean sciences. My main focus is on the development of robotic platforms for ocean exploration and science, with a focus on perception, situational awareness, and mission planning. I am also interested in making cloud-based storage and processing accessible to the broader scientific community, particularly as the oceanography community invests in large data collection projects like the Ocean Observatories Initiative Cabled Array.
I also have a background in remote sensing, photogrammetry and precision navigation, with a strong interest in human-machine interfaces, and data and metadata management. I joined UW-APL as a SEED postdoctoral researcher in 2015 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I received my MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004, and my BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College in 1998. Before coming to academia, I worked for the MIT Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab, Bluefin Robotics, the University of Wisconsin Icecube Project, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and the Geospatial Research Centre NZ.