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Hi. I'm Sam.


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Hi. I'm Sam.


Physicist, Technologist, Problem Solver.

I'm currently working as a trainee astrophysicist at the European Space Agency (ESA). My research is focussed on applying machine learning techniques to the study of star formation. My first paper has been accepted for publication, and describes a method to identify members of star forming regions using data from Gaia DR1. In June I'm moving to Washington to intern for Senator Tammy Duckworth for two months. I've been watching the West Wing in preparation.

In July 2016 I graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Physics from Oriel College, Oxford. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the performance of the SPICE EUV spectrometer, which will launch aboard ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft in 2018. Outside of academics, I was president of Oriel's debate society, an editor of Oriel's newspaper, as well as secretary of the Oxford University Space and Astronomy Society.

I've previously worked as a Data Science Intern at NASA, where I studied how people collaborate at international hackathons (like the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking). They also let me into the Mission Control Center once.