“Stringing together a series of adventures makes for a rich life.” —Richard G. French
Sometimes I discuss why protecting Earth from killer space potatoes and space avocados is important.
I spent the summer of 2012 teaching entrepreneurship and mobile application technologies to university students in Ghana, and the summer of 2011 working on supercooled water and anti-icing coats at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Japan.
My master’s thesis topic was on magma ocean solidification and comparing meteorite compositions to that of Earth’s mantle. When I’m not reading papers on isotopes of neodymium, running models to form Earth’s D” layer, or zapping potentially hazardous asteroids with 20 terawatts of radar, I enjoy running, hiking, sailing, SCUBA diving, canyoneering, and baking crème brûlée.
I took a year off from graduate school: during this time I tutored mathematics and physics to college and high school students, served on the board of directors of a non-profit sailing organization, and wrote for PC World.
In summer 2010 I taught computer science and business skills to Palestinian and Israeli high school students in Jerusalem through an MIT program, Middle East Education through Technology (MEET). I chronicled some of our adventures in teaching and traveling here.
Recently I worked on the thermal histories of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites and implications for the orbital histories of asteroids and rock comets, in situ resource utilization of asteroid materials, condensation processes in the solar nebula, and preserving the primitive nature of material returned from asteroid Bennu by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
My CV is available for your perusal, and you can view my profile on LinkedIn.
I’d also love to hear from you! You can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be glad to respond.
If you’d like to support my doctoral student career, I have a wishlist, and you can also help pay for cat food, household items, and healthcare deductibles via either cash.me/sondy or paypal.me/sondy. Thank you!
And since this is the Internet, have a photo of a cat I used to foster on my head. I am a professional cat herder as well as an astronomer.
Wonderful talk, very poised and well delivered!
YAY lasers! Sailboats that is.. maybe LASERs too. I’m an undergrad from Joe Harrington’s group- I’ve really enjoyed cruising around your site!!
Alessondra, you are a hero of mine. I applaud your work, drive, and direction! Thank you for being a great example for women in STEM.
-Georgina, MS Bioengineering