I’m originally from Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated high school from the High School for Science and Engineering Professions at Paul Lawrence High School in Fort Worth, Texas. I attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida earning my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. I attended Michigan State University and earned a masters degree in physics before returning back Florida A&M University to earn a doctorate in physics.
After finishing from Florida A&M University with my doctorate in physics, I earned a National Research Council Research Associateship to do laser based explosive detection at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in 2007. In 2009, I transitioned to Paul Pellegrino’s laboratory at ARL where his research group was looking to utilize ultrafast pulsed lasers to investigate quantum controls of molecules using shaper laser pulses. During my time at ARL, I investigated quantum controls, filamentation dynamics, femtosecond spectroscopy using multiplex coherent anti-Stokes spectroscopy (MCARS), and spectral and spatial characterization of nanosecond and femtosecond laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. While at ARL, I developed much of the hardware (FROG, pulse shaper) as well as the data acquisition and procession routines needed to characterize and control the laser pulses.
Although my research has been primarily experimental in nature, I have started to use more computational tools in my research. While I was at ARL, I also developed algorithms to remove non resonant background from MCARS spectra using a Fourier filtering technique. Before I developed this algorithm, my colleagues would remove this nonresonant background manually which required a knowledge of the material being tested. Once I finished my algorithm, they no longer needed to do that and were able to produce clean Raman spectra of unknown materials for identification.
Currently, I’m a scientist at C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) center at APG studying ultrafast pulsed lasers and their nonlinear interactions on materials of interest. My current research involves generating and parameterizing the desired nonlinear interactions, including filamentation and supercontinuum generation.
While working at C5ISR, I recently constructed an algorithm in MATLAB that utilizes the nonlinear envelope equation technique to model ultrafast beam propagation. I’ve also began using the generalized unidirectional pulse propagation equation (gUPPE) code developed by researchers at the University of Arizona to solve more sophisticated beam propagation problems.