Astrophysicist, college professor, and game designer; this website provides an overview of my many adventures.
I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2016 after successfully completing my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Harvard University and accepting a tenure-track teaching position at Grand Rapids Community College.
After leaving a more traditional research-focused academic track because of my passion for teaching, I have never looked back. I am in my dream position at an supportive institution that gives me room to grow and improve as an instructor and a member of the community.
Many of the skills I use in the classroom to facilitate learning I also use in the context of tabletop games. I have designed several educational card and board games, and I have carved out a space in the tabletop gaming community with my brand CGS Unit.
August 2011 - May 2016
HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
A.M. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2013
Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2016
Dissertation: Magnetic Influences on the Solar Wind
August 2007 - May 2011
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - COLLEGE PARK
Summa Cum Laude, Undergraduate Thesis Award
B.S. in Astronomy with High Honors
B.S. in Physics with High Honors
Minor in German Language and Literature
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
I teach 4-5 sections each semester, a mix of introductory astronomy courses (with and without a lab component) and algebra-based physics lectures.
In May 2019 I started teaching online sections.
In August 2019, I took on role of Open Educational Resources Coordinator. I work with all departments across the GRCC community to promote the adoption of free or low-cost textbooks and open educational supplementary materials and track OER use across disciplines.
CO-FOUNDER, CGS UNIT LLC
I hold many roles in the tabletop gaming community which fall under the umbrella of CGS Unit, described in the tab linked.
I have designed three games: Amino, Stars, Inc., and Match Quilt.
I co-host Playability, a podcast focused on accessibility and inclusion in gaming.
I am a judge in several annual game design contests and festivals.
"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."