Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
As a student at the Naval War College, my day to day job is going class, writing, and taking exams!
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
Growing up I was fascinated with how things worked. Engineering turned out to be an ideal way to learn these details but also play a role in designing how future systems function.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
My father sparked my interest in engineering which was then enhanced by a number of teachers and professors who helped me focus on ocean-related challenges.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
I am fascinated by the potential of new technologies to open up more of the ocean to exploration.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I have worked on a potato farm, as a lifeguard, and owned a business, all of which helped me develop into who I am.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelor of Science - United States Naval Academy 2002; Master of Science in Ocean Engineering 2008 - University of Rhode Island
What are your hobbies?
Mountain biking, hiking, swimming, reading, looking at the future.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Don't be afraid to pursue your interests.