The College of New Jersey
NASA Goddard Space Center Intern
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
We have developed a model of Rayleigh-Lamb waves propagating through a thin, elastic plate that allows us to evaluate the bi-orthogonality relation between the waves’ different eigenmodes. Our numerical results match the theory, which states that, every pair of eigenmodes is bi-orthogonal with respect to each other. Our findings now enable us to make progress toward better understanding electron-phonon coupling within a multi-layered plate comprised of a thin metallic layer and a thick Silicon-based membrane layer. Furthermore, this work is crucial toward reaching our ultimate goal of improving the current generation of fabrication methods used to make Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) detectors.
I am a graduating senior at The College of New Jersey earning a B.S. in physics as well as a B.S. in mathematics. After graduating I plan on pursuing a PhD in some area of astrophysics; my overall goal is to work towards a career in research. During my time as an undergraduate I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some great faculty mentors in the realm of astrophysics. I am excited to work at NASA this summer not only because of the organization’s prestigious reputation, but because I’ll get the opportunity to do research in an area that is relatively new to me. If I were to go back in time 10 years and tell my former self that I would one day have this incredible opportunity there is no way I would have ever believed it.
Beyond research, I am heavily involved in and enthusiastic about physics and astronomy outreach. I really enjoy educating people of all ages and backgrounds in the fundamentals of the subjects. I have served as the president and treasurer of my college’s SPS chapter and I have also served as treasurer of our astronomy club. Outside of physics and science altogether I enjoy baseball, music, and comic books. I have performed several leading roles in musicals and plays growing up, and I am probably the biggest Cleveland Indians fan you’ll ever meet. I can’t wait to meet all the other interns and make so many memories.