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I am a graduate student in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Georgia State University currently pursuing a PhD in Astronomy under the advisement of Prof. Fabien Baron. My research interest lie in studying how stars evolve, calculating stellar parameters, and doing interferometric image reconstruction. With the use of the CHARA Array, I aim to further understand the nature of rapid rotating stars. I am currently working on developing codes to model rapid rotators in Julia and compare them to reconstructed images from interferometry. In addition to studying rapid rotators, I also analyzing a RS CVn star (chromospherically active stars) and seeing if, through interferometrically reconstructed images, we are able to detect and finally confirm differential rotation. Other side projects have included working with a light-curve inversion code to get images of spots from simple photometry and writing code to read in interferometric data.

I did my undergraduate work at San Diego State University, and recieved my Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and minor in Mathematics. At SDSU, I worked with Prof. Eric Sandquist and studied eclipsing binaries in the open cluster M 37. While this project has still not been finished, I occasionally continue to work on the photometry (that we obtained at SDSU's Mount Laguna Observatory) for these eclipsing binaries. After obtaining my B.S., I worked with Prof. Ian Crossfield (as part of the CAMPARE program) and calculated stellar and planetary parameters for K2 systems of interest. This work required spectroscopic observations that we obtained at La Silla Observatory in Chile.