I hope to provide you with a little bit of my history and then a feel for who I am today and what I love to do. The history which is easy starts with the fact that I was born and raised in southwest Missouri in the Springfield area. Originally I was from Springfield proper but then we moved to the “country” in Strafford, MO about 15 miles to the west. I think that it is safe to say that I really enjoyed growing up in the Ozarks. If you have not been there you should definitely go visit sometime. After high school I joined the military (Air Force) just as my Father and my Grandpa (on his side) had done before. Some have asked me why I joined (pretty common question). Most just assume that it was because it is what my father had done but I think they are wrong. From an early age I loved aircraft and the power of the military jets consumed me. So I joined and stacked bombs for five years. During my time in the service I was stationed at Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach Florida, RAF Lakenheath just north of Cambridge England, and a regular deployment to PSAB in Saudi Arabia around 1998.
After the service I entered my academic life by enroling in the physics program at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in Springfield Missouri. I was there from 2000 to 2004 where I transitioned to the physics graduate program at the University of Kansas in Lawrence Kansas. I have been there till now where I am hopefully moving to get my thesis rolling. I am currently performing a search for a low mass Standard Model Higgs particle at the D0 detector at Fermilab near Chicago.
Outside of my academic pursuits I love to interact with the outdoors, hang out with my friends, and partake in the occasional movie (ok, I really love to do that). My friends and I take off at least once a year to hit the slopes in Colorado for sking and hiking. My current passion is definitly caving. I have been doing several trips a month right now to various caves in and around central Missouri. Along with falling off snowboards (I have got much better) and caving I also enjoy baking, lying on my couch, and talking on the phone.