• I am the Acting Director of the STEM Accelerator and an associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University. My astrophysics research is focused on understanding the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time primarily by studying the baryonic content of galaxies and the intergalactic medium. Astronomers are not the only ones fascinated by how the universe works, making astronomy a great way to draw in students and educate the public about science. As Director of the STEM Acceleratr I work to improve the recruitment, retention, diversity of students in the Mason College of Science through enhanced learning experiences.