My interests include quantum computing, superstring theory, cosmology, space exploration, public communication of science, data science, and machine learning.


Current Responsibilities

Cambridge Quantum Computing, Scientific Lead of Business Development, 2017-present

Science Partnership Fund, Founder and Secretary, 2015-present

Singularity University, Adjunct Faculty, 2016-present

BoldlyGo Institute, Board of Directors, 2016-present

Astronomers Without Borders, Board of Directors, 2018-present

NEXUS Global Youth Summit, Futurism Lab Board of Advisors, 2017-present

Networked Earth Systems Science Initiative (NESSI), Advisor, 2017-present

The Unfunded List, Evaluation Committee, 2017-present

Stochastic Labs, Resident, 2016-present

Fiat Physica, Founder and CEO, 2014-2017


Past Employment

Singularity University, Core Faculty, 2016-7

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014

APC Laboratoire, University of Paris 7 – Diderot, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011-4

Institut Lagrange de Paris, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011-4

Lorentz Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Leiden, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2008-11

Fermilab, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2004-8


Specialized Training

Metis Data Science Bootcamp, Spring 2016
Final Project: Topological Data Analysis



Columbia University, Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, 1999-2004
Thesis: “Brane Gas Cosmology in Superstring Theory,” supervised by Brian Greene

Duke University, B.S. in physics and mathematics with Honors, 1995-9
Thesis: “Two Black Hole Holography, Lensing and Intensity,” supervised by M. Ronen Plesser



Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. USA citizen. Currently resides in Berkeley, California.