Graduate Student (PhD)
2014 | B.S. Computer Science | UNC Chapel Hill | Cum Laude
Spring 2015 | M.S. Computer Science (incomplete) | UNC Chapel Hill
2019 (projected) | PhD Exploration Systems Design (Systems Engineering and Robotics) | Arizona State University
2015 - Present | Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration
Graduate Research Assistant, Space & Terrestrial Robotic Exploration Laboratory (SpaceTREx)
2013 - 2014 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Research Assistant, GAMMA
Development of software to perform real-time collision-free navigation and motion planning for micro air vehicles (quadcopters) based on the reciprocal velocity obstacle (RVO) concept.
2012 - 2013 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Prins Lab
Software development for a program that analyzes the quality and properties of RNA-seq data collected by the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (RNA-seq is the use of high-throughput sequencing technologies to analyze the contents of RNA samples).
Spring 2015 | Instructor | The Beauty and Joy of Computing
Developed the entire curriculum for a new introductory computer science class that focuses on teaching students the tools to take a computational problem through the process of design, implementation, documentation, and testing by learning computer science as creative problem solving where code is a means of expressing solutions. The course aims to explore the breadth and depth of computation and how it exists in the world.
Spring 2014 | Teaching Assistant | COMP 110: Introduction to Programming
Fall 2014 | Teaching Assistant | COMP 116: Introduction to Scientific Programming
2011 - 2013 | Astronomy Instructor, NC Science Olympiad | Phillips Middle School
August 2015 - Present | Graduate Research Assistant | Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration Laboratory, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration
Conduct research on neural networks as applied to the intelligent and autonomous design of space systems, in addition to project management and software development for various space missions including Lunar H-Map and AOSAT.
July 2015 - Present | Executive Director | Space Frontier Foundation
Guide and implement the overall mission of the Foundation and manage projects and project staff including the NewSpace Conference, the Business Plan Competition, and more.
May 2015 - Aug 2015 | Planet Labs | Software Engineering Intern | San Francisco, CA
Embedded software engineer on the Onboard Software team developing low-level C code for the satellites and python for the ground systems to support them.
May 2014 - Dec 2014 | Planet Labs | Software Engineering Intern | San Francisco, CA
Embedded software engineer on the Onboard Software team developing low-level C code for the satellites and python for the ground systems to support them. Primary project was to port the code running on the primary microcontroller to an open-source real-time operating system (ChibiOS).
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013 | NASA Langley Research Center | LARSS Intern | Hampton, VA
Contributed to the design and development of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Airspace Operations Challenge (UAS AOC), a NASA Centennial Challenge. Primary project was creation of the “judge’s station,” a system of ICE (Internet Communications Engine) publisher/subscriber modules to receive and parse telemetry data from unmanned aerial vehicles.
May 2012 - Aug 2012 | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | OSSI Intern | Greenbelt, MD
Developed an iPad app, AeroStat Giovanni, based on the AeroStat Giovanni online service for analysis of aerosol data for specified locations collected by satellites and satellites co-located with AERONET stations.
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011 | NASA Langley Research Center | INSPIRE Intern | Hampton, VA
Developed a system integrating mapping and data organization using Geoserver and OpenLayers to display data granules collected by Earth-observing satellites in a more intuitive client interface.
Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant | 2014
William A. Whitaker Scholarship | 2011 - 2014
Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship | 2011
NC Air National Guard William M. Goyer Memorial Scholarship | 2011
Square Code Camp | 2014
Langley Summer Student App Contest, 2nd Place | 2011
Executive Director | Space Frontier Foundation | 2015-Present
Chair | Students for the Exploration and Development of Space | 2013-2015
Project Manager, NewSpace Conference | Space Frontier Foundation | 2014-Present
Public Relations Manager | SEDS-USA | 2012-2013
Founder and President | UNC Women in Computer Science | 2012-2014
President | UNC SEDS | 2013-2014
National Space Society
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Space Frontier Foundation
Space Generation Advisory Council
American Radio Relay League
Association of Computing Machinery
“Robotics and Autonomous Driving”. Kerner, Kuntz, Ichnowski, North. (2015)
“The Space Destination Debate Gets Us Nowhere—Literally”. Space.com. (2015)
“The B-Word”. Planet Pulse. (2015)
“It’s Not Them It’s You: Why Top Tech Talent Isn’t Going to the Space Industry”. Via Satellite. (2015)