I approach each topic by analyzing the needs of the student, and addressing where help is most needed. I enjoy teaching all levels from middle school to the university level. I like to make lasting connections on each topic by implementing props and visual aids during lessons.
I am a survey engineer for a civil engineering firm in Denver. I graduated from the Astrophysics department at the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Astronomy and a Minor in Geology. I love both observational astronomy as well as the basics. One of my favorite experiences includes conducting research on a 3.5 meter telescope regarding merging black holes. I have tutored at the university level helping my students succeed in a rigorous curriculum.
University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
Bachelor of Arts: Astronomy
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood, CO
Associate of Science
Astronomy and Atmospheric science research experience utilizing telescopes, spectroscopes, and meteorological tools in data collection and data analysis techniques.
Technology Proficiencies: Image reduction and analysis facility (IRAF) & ds9 astronomy platforms, Unix and Python programming languages, ModFlow geology modeling software
Research projects and Achievements:
Astronomical Observations and Instrumentation I & II
-Astronomical observations using the 24" telescope at Sommers-Bausch Observatory, Boulder, CO and the 3.5-m telescope at Apache Point Observatory, Sunspot, NM
-Familiarity with both imaging and spectroscopic data processing using IRAF (and/or python) on Unix/Linux platforms
-Photometric, astrometric and spectroscopic data analysis and calibration
-Astrophysical interpretation of stellar and nebular data
-Quantitative error estimation and statistical analysis
I enjoyed the research and development aspects when completing projects. My favorite topic to study was Spatial Profiles of Merging Active Galactic Nuclei (black holes). Where I learned how to utilize Oxygen III spectral analysis to find correlations between spectral data. Working as a small team within the department, we helped in collecting data from the 3.5 Meter telescope. After a 3 night observing session at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, our data was then used by a faculty Astrophysicist to aid in her wider scope project studying merging galaxies.
In order to achieve project goals we then shared our findings with staff and mentors of the Astrophysics department. The results were peer reviewed and eventually published in a scientific paper outlining the achievements. I excel in working with small and large groups as a team. I really enjoyed how our small group had the opportunity to contribute to a larger ongoing professional project.
Conducted research project analyzing data from pyranometer and pyrgeometer instruments. Measuring irradiance of Earth-Atmosphere system using the Skywatch Observatory at CU Boulder. Analyzed technical and scientific environmental issues and recommend appropriate action on present day solutions.
Communicated with colleagues, professors, and department advisors on project goals and information on findings. Coordinated activities between research groups and presented final project for semester.
Aerospace Engineering - Colorado Space Grant Consortium
Designed, constructed, and flew a BalloonSat payload in the environments of near space. Worked in a team of 9 for the length of semester to accomplish mission goals and objectives. Which included testing how 3D printed plastic materials behave in the conditions of near space. Researched and wrote code for Arduino Uno system relevant to satellite operations. After mission success, processed and analyzed data for future missions.
Presented mission project objectives and data interpretations through numerous presentations and design expos and received an A for the course of the semester. Assisted with program administration work including proposals, contracts and grant management.
Volunteer at Denver Museum of Nature and Science (01/2005-01/2008)
o Galaxy Guide in Space Odyssey Exhibit
o Demonstrated array of Astronomy topics through hands on demos and interactive presentations for public education
o Rigorous training sessions by museum curators in order to qualify as a volunteer
I've known Alisha for about 5 years from fundraising with her through a non-profit organization. Alisha has always been extremely trustworthy, friendly, and genuinely concerned for the needs of other people. She aims to give exceptional customer service skills. I would highly recommend Alisha, as she is a very genuine person:)
First, I would like to say, what an honor it is to write a recommendation for Alisha. I am a visual learner and she was able to help me so much with my English and Astronomy classes even though we were virtual. She is a very patient and kind teacher: when I did not understand she would explain it a different way until I did understand. I got an A in my Astronomy class and a B in my English class! All thanks to Alisha! I would highly recommend her as a teacher. She is so knowledgeable about so many topics and so easy to understand! Thank you for all you did for me. Respectfully, Corrine
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