What motivated you to get into teaching, and what do you enjoy most about the profession?
I wanted to get into teaching in order to train the next generation of “rocket scientists” that would work in the aerospace industry. What I enjoy most is seeing students graduate and being able to work in their chosen career field.
What is your most enjoyable research project or other academic work?
To date, working with the Space Operations Institute students on the Tropical Rainforest Measuring Mission satellite project is my most enjoyable endeavor.
Describe any of your proudest academic or professional accomplishments, awards, publications, etc.
I’m proud to be the first member of my family to receive a college degree.
What book is on your nightstand right now?
Breaking Back by James Blake
What do you enjoy most about working at Capitol?
Because of the small class sizes here, I’m able to get to know my students on a personal level.
What one technology do you wish were available now?
A Star Trek transporter.
What kinds of projects/committees/groups are you active in on-campus?
Besides helping out with SOI, I am the faculty advisor for the Capitol Balloon Experiment Club, which provides a way for Capitol students to use their smarts by developing and testing high-altitude sensors and instruments, and also for the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
What are your interests and activities off-campus?
In my spare time I love playing tennis, going to science fiction conventions, reading, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, and attending Washington Kastles matches.
What should incoming students know about you as a person, and as a professor?
I consider myself to be an easy-going person; I like to look for the simplest solutions to problems, just as any engineer would. If you were a student of mine, I would want to see you succeed. I work hard with any student to see that they are successful here at Capitol College.