M.S. Computer Science, University of Kentucky, 2006
B.S. Computer Science, University of Kentucky, 2003
B.S. Art Studio, University of Kentucky, 2003
Minor French Language, University of Kentucky, 2003
Software Engineer for NOAA Science On a Sphere®, Boulder CO, 2011 - Present
Software Engineer for Mersive Technologies, Lexington KY, 2007 - 2010
Research Assistant for the Metaverse Lab at Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments, Lexington KY, 2004 - 2006
Honors and Awards
Scientific Poster of the Month for Science On a Sphere® team award - Technical Innovation, NOAA ESRL/GSD, 2018.
Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research (Honorable Mention) for the Science On a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems team award, CO-LABS, 2017.
Bronze Medal Award for Science On a Sphere® team award, NOAA, CIRES, 2015.
[This is from 2013 - putting here for inclusion on my GSL profile page] Co-PI on grant received from the CIRES Innovative Research Program (IRP), “SOS: Cognition + Affect = Effect”, 2013
NOAA Boards, committees, and projects
Software Engineer for NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS)
GSL Retreat Breakout Group - Co-facilitator
GSL Website Design Advisory Team - Committee Member
GSL Survey / Success Metrics - Committee Member
Memberships and service to Cooperative Institutes and Universities
SOS Clubhouse Leader for Girls in Science Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2015, 2016, 2017; Participant, 2018
Speaker along with Marda Kirn and Betsy Weatherhead on the KGNU's How On Earth (HOE) Radio Show on February 12th, 2019. Topics included benefits of art and science collaborations, what is Science On a Sphere (SOS), and advertising the world premiere film screening at Fiske Planetarium of the new Lars Jan short SOS film & panel discussion.
“Arts On a Sphere” - Co-PI along with PI Marda Kirn (EcoArts Connections) on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 2016-2019
Commissioned internationally renown artist Lars Jan and his visualization team to create a new short film for NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) with the goal of communicating global change in an arts-expressed, scientifically accurate way that inspires people to consider their place and their living within the greater context of our rapidly changing Earth. Held feedback sessions during the making of the film that included artists, SOS content creators, educators, and NOAA and other scientists. On Feb 20th, 2019 (daytime) at the SOS theater at NOAA, held a private film screening and Q&A with the artist for NOAA scientists and staff. On February 20th, 2019 (evening) at Fiske Planetarium, held a public reception, film premiere and panel discussion with the artists and one of the scientists for the general public (about 100 people were in attendance).