As a physicist, I work on new applications of laser propulsion while incorporating data. These applications involve rep-pulse, ultraviolet, and short-pulse lasers, which provide better mechanical coupling and less target heating. My expertise includes laser interaction with surfaces, modeling and measurements, design of high-energy laser systems for fusion and propulsion, optical diagnostics of plasmas, and general plasma physics. I have worked with NASA on research initiatives, including a validation study of “Orion,” a laser space debris removal concept. I have a Ph.D. in plasma physics from Stanford and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.