"Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so."

Iam an Assistant Astronomer at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory . I study extrasolar planets, with focus on the instrumentation -- adaptive optics (AO) and coronagraphy -- needed to image them. I am the principal investigator for the MagAO-X project, a new "extreme" AO system we are developing for the 6.5 m Magellan Clay telescope in Chile. I work on the existing Magellan AO project (MagAO) and I am the instrument scientist for the VisAO camera, the world's first diffraction-limited visible-wavelength camera on a large telescope. The goal of my research is to, one day, take a picture of a habitable planet around a star like our sun - a place where humans could live. We have some work to do, and some problems to solve, but we will take that picture in my lifetime.