I grew up on Long Island in the town of Commack.
After graduating from Commack North High
School in 1988, I attended The Pennsylvania State University,
with a double-major in Physics and
Astronomy/Astrophysics. In 1992, I moved to Baltimore, where I
attended The Johns Hopkins University and studied under Arthur Davidsen.
While at JHU, I
worked on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope project and its
associated space shuttle mission.
After defending my Ph.D. in 1996, I worked as a research associate on the
Instrument Definition Team of the Space Telescope Imaging
Spectrograph, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In
2001, I became an Instrument Scientist for the Space Telescope Science
Institute. After supporting Hubble for 7 years, I became the Mission Scientist
for the James Webb Space Telescope.
I currently live in Columbia, Maryland, with my wife Deb,
a middle school teacher in nearby Laurel, and our daughter Kate.