I work at JPL because I was inspired by Dr. Carl Sagan’s television show Cosmos. While employed at JPL, I met Dr. Sagan and had a chance to have a heart to heart talk, where Dr. Sagan expressed his gratitude that his TV show had inspired someone into the space sciences. I was a mediocre student in school, and the State of California certified that I have a condition known as Dyscalculea, a learning disability involving the most basic aspects of arithmetical skills. Yet I have compensated for this disability by using computers as my crutch. Today, I am the Matrix Mathematics Toolsmith for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and provide the needed software tools that the navigators, scientists and engineers use to fly space missions.
I am married with two adult children, two horses and a cat. I enjoy astronomy, competition Airsoft, and model railroading. I am also a music composer and have created and performed 8 soundtracks for JPL mini-documentaries and in so doing won a Silver Telly award for composition in a non-profit documentary.