Candidate Statement

I have been with the Department of Physics and Astronomy for five years. I run the Electronics Assembly Shop in the Physics Department, where I offer NASA level training in electronics assembly to staff and students.  Working with my student employees, the shop produces electronics for the IOWA Space Program. In the heart of Van Allen Hall, we have completed a state-of-the-art aerospace manufacturing center. Our IOWA electronics have successfully flown on 10+ missions in the past 4 years, and we are currently building for the TRACERS twin satellite mission.

I see the daily experience of staff in legacy buildings and the ever-present challenges of working in a building with substantial deferred maintenance. During my time at Van Allen Hall, I have supported multiple renovations that directly improved the day-to-day experience and capabilities of my peers. Renovations are also a key opportunity to provide gender neutral, ADA bathrooms. I intend to expand my advocacy for facilities improvement across CLAS while sustaining efforts at Van Allen in support of the IOWA Space Program.