I grew up in a little corner of America called Chesapeake, VA. As the child of two engineers, my creative pursuits were sometimes hampered (“Why would you want to join the middle school band? They’re terrible.”), but I did have plenty of chances to explore the world around me. Whether it was hiking 17+ miles, crafting the perfect pinewood derby car, or showing me how a VCR worked, my family kept me active and interested in understanding the world around me.
Fast forward to undergrad at Virginia Tech: I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I hadn’t yet decided what type. I bounced between electrical, mechanical, and even chemical (for 24 hours), but none of them felt quite right. One day while discussing the problem with a friend, he simply asked: “what do you enjoy?” I thought of dozens of sci-fi books and many nights of staring up at the stars and I had my answer.
After undergrad, I had the opportunity to move out west for grad school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I jumped at the chance for new experiences and an amazing place to live. Along the way I married my best friend. After grad school we went for a completely new experience: we both began our professional careers in Denmark. I spent two years working on satellite projects while exploring culture(s) entirely different than the one I grew up in.
Eventually, my wife & I decided to move back to the U.S. We will always treasure our time abroad (documented at thejutlandyears.blogspot.com), but for now, we’re exploring an undiscovered (to us) corner of our homeland: the Pacific Northwest. Not only that, I’ve been learning a whole new aspect of space systems engineering: interplanetary satellite design for asteroid mining. Times are exciting indeed.