I've spent 16 years with Dept. of Defense space operations, testing, and research. I'm currently a PhD candidate in space systems engineering, and the Technical Director for a government laboratory. I love engaging with STEM outreach and education opportunities. I've also been informed I'm a "gear nut" and that I suffer from severe GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). What can I say, some people like Pokémon, I like collecting photons and photon collectors.