In pursuit of a safe, secure, and resilient energy future
As a self-motivated result seeker, my passion to work on challenging and meaningful projects has continuously driven me to expand my knowledge, experience, and relationships. With my diverse engineering education and problem-solving experience, I am confident in the creative and efficient solutions I bring to the table.
I am passionate about securing critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and ensuring our power grid's continue to be reliable as we deal with aging infrastructure, rising renewable penetration, and increased electrification. I think the area is rapidly developing and will continue to generate new challenges in the coming years.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, my education and employment have taken me to five states and two countries. I look forward to exploring new places as I continue to take on more development opportunities. I am an active member of IEEE and other service and professional activities, and these networks will help me connect with new communities in the future.
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Evaluating security of a system through interactions
Many of my research projects have challenged me to quickly learn technical details of a system and evaluate any security weaknesses. My ability to study physical, electrical, and communications details and see how they all fit together helps me understand the overall system operation.
Learning how to be a reader, a writer, and a problem solver
M.S. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
August 2019 - May 2021
M.S. Electrical Engineering, co-advised by Dr. Kirill Levchenko and Dr. Pete Sauer pursuing research in cybersecurity for power grids and industrial control systems.
B.S. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
August 2015 - May 2019
B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in power systems, minors in computer science and cybersecurity. Graduated summa cum laude, as an Undergraduate Research Scholar and Honors Fellow.
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY
2019 Cybercore Intern, 2020-2021 Graduate Fellow, 2021-present Power Engineer/Researcher
2019-2020 Graduate Research Assistant
2018 Electrical Engineering Intern, 2019 Control Systems Support Intern
2017 Foundations of Engineering Peer Teacher
SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
2016, 2017 Sensor Exploitation Applications Intern
IEEE PES OUTSTANDING STUDENT SCHOLAR
(2020) Awarded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society to master's students who have chosen an academic path leading to an electric power and energy engineering career. Recipients were chosen based on their academic achievements, contributions to meeting community needs, and leadership in advancing student engagement within PES
IEEE-USA JIM WATSON STUDENT PROFESSIONAL AWARENESS ACHIEVEMENT
(2019) Awarded “For tireless efforts to bridge the gap between students and professionals by demonstrating the value of continued membership within IEEE"
TEXAS A&M OUTSTANDING SENIOR ENGINEER AWARD
(2018) Awarded to top seven graduating seniors in the College of Engineering based on academic performance, leadership, community involvement, and dedication to the Aggie core values; nominated by department and endorsed by professors for eligibility, then selected by an interview process
"One single vulnerability is all an attacker needs"