Sebring, Florida, USA
Researching the performance of human-integrated systems – analyzing human health and stress states during 8-month and 12-month simulated Mars missions – studying how to improve human health and performance on Earth and Mars alike.
- Data Analytics, Wearable Devices, Biological Monitoring
- Human Performance in Extreme Environments, Physiology and Psychology of Stress, Adverse Behavioral Conditions
2005-2009: Bachelors of Science, Aerospace Engineering. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
2009-2011: Masters of Science, Biomedical Engineering. Purdue University.
2011- in progress (exp May 2017): Ph.D., Industrial Engineering. Purdue University.
2014-2015 Chief Scientist for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – NASA / University of Hawaii – simulated Mars Mission – Immersed in an isolated, confined, extreme (ICE) environment on simulated Mars, for 8-months, living and working in an off-grid dome habitat with limited resources on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii – Our crew of six astronaut-like individuals facilitated and contributed to NASA behavioral health and performance (BHP) research and opportunistic research with collaborating universities and tech companies.
- Operations Research: create data-driven knowledge to aide decision-makers in systems improvement –
develop novel methods for robust analytics – generate reliable information from real-world data (2011-current)
- “Deductive Approach to Categorizing User Data from Nanotechnology Simulation Community.” INFORMS Service Science, Manuscript. Apr. 2014.
- “Data-Driven Categorization for Maximum Separation and Anomaly Detection.” Proc. of INFORMS Data Mining II, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 2013.
- “Optimizing a virtual community for Nanotechnology Research and Collaboration”. Proc. of INFORMS Quality, Statistics, and Reliability, Charlotte, NC, Nov. 2011.
- Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics Modeling: developed biomaterial for tissue repair and regeneration
through mechanical analysis, chemical modification, and solid-fluid interactions modeling (2009-2011)
- “Compositions and Methods for Repair or Regeneration of Soft Tissue.” PATENT 65507.P1.US, No.: US 2013/0123939. Pub. Date: 16 May 2013.
- “Tissue Engineering of a Naturally-Derived Scaffold with Adjustable Mechanical Properties, Modified Surface Chemistry, and Interconnected Pores for the Regeneration of Vascularized Tissue.” Manuscript.
- Product Development of NBA player’s knee rehabilitation device: Jonathan Bender suffered from a cartilage defect and invented a knee-strengthening apparatus – improved this design, manufactured
several prototypes – completed biomechanics study of the effects of training with this device (2010)
- “Biomechanical Analysis of a Sport -Specific Lower Limb Strengthening Device.” Human Motion Kinetics Textbook Chapter, ME 577 course.
- Mathematical Physics: modeled universe formation and evolution with Einstein’s equations (2007-2009)
- “Exact Plane Symmetric Cosmological Solutions for a Massless Scalar field and Cosmological Constant.” ArXiv General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, 21 Apr. 2009.
Something Interesting about me…
Grew up in Sebring, Florida – Fascinated with space exploration – Science enthusiast – STEM advocate – Enjoy working in teams – Avid golfer – yogi – connoisseur of Neapolitan-style pizza