Research

J.D., Columbia Law School (Sept. 2016 – May 2019)

“Commercial Space Mining and the Authority to Confer Property Rights in Outer Space: The SPACE Act under the Outer Space Treaty and the Offenses Clause” (Jan. 2017-May 2017) – Supervisor: Professor Lori Damrosch (“Constitution and Foreign Affairs”)

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, History and Philosophy of Science (Oct. 2015 – June 2016)

“Space Crystals and ‘Our Window on the World’: Economic development, imagination, and humanity in the orbital heterotopia of the International Space Station” (Dissertation) – Supervisor: Professor Richard Staley

Cited in Monthly Review, “Astronauts at Work” (March 2017), Peter Dickens (University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology)

“God, Secularism, and Terminology in the Letters between al-Bīrūnī and Ibn Sīnā: A case in the historiography and history of ‘Islamic science’ ” – Supervisors: Professors Liba Taub and Tony Street

Presented at Columbia University’s Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Graduate Student Conference: “(De)Stabilizing Disciplines, (Re)Imagining Regions” (Feb. 2017)

“How the Rest Became the West in the Mars One Fatwa Controversy: Spaceflight, globalism, risk to life, and strategic occidentalism in the UAE”Supervisor: Professor Mary Brazelton

B.S., Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science (Sept. 2011 – May 2015)

“Space Law, Shariʿa, and the Legal Place of a Scientific Enterprise: The Case for a Parallel Challenge of Sovereignty” (Sept. – Dec. 2014)  Supervisor: Professor Wael Hallaq, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (“Major Texts: Middle East and India”)

Published in Comparative Islamic Studies (Oct. 2016)

The Failure of Post-9/11 Science Fiction(Sept. – Dec. 2012) – Supervisors: Professor Richard Bulliet and Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Department of History (“America and the Muslim World”)

Published in The New York Review of Science Fiction (Sept. 2012)

“Space Debris: Observation, Mitigation, Remediation, and their Legal Factors” (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2015) – Supervisor: Astronaut and Professor Michael Massimino, Departments of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Comprehensive analysis of existing and proposed projects to mitigate the impending problem of man-made space debris, from an engineering and a legal perspective. Synthesizes various proposals for positive “next steps” in engineering and legal/policy disciplines that will promote the secure handling of debris currently and in the near future.

Selected to present comprehensive research at the Harvard National Collegiate Research Conference (Jan. 22-24, 2015).

Invited to present comprehensive research paper at the Columbia Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Columbia Family Weekend Research Showcase, and Egleston Scholars Seminar.

Profiled on this research and other work for the biannual Columbia Engineering Magazine in its “Meet the Future” feature for Columbia  Engineering’s 150th Anniversary.

“Update on Research in Space Debris & Law” (Nov. 3, 2014).

Columbia Robotics Lab (Jan. 2012 – May 2013) – Supervisor: Professor Peter Allen: Low-cost, brain-controlled assistive robotic arm/mobile manipulator project.

Distinguished Recognition at Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel — Walt Disney World expo (May 4, 2013)

Team project  featured on Engadget, The Huffington PostWillow Garage, and Columbia Spectator

Finalist for Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel  (February 22, 2013)

National competition at Walt Disney World in May 2013

Follow the team blog, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

Columbia’s Summer 2012 Undergrad Research Symposium (September 27, 2012)

Progress Report 4 (July 29, 2012)

Progress Report 3 (July 14, 2012)

Progress Report 2 (June 28, 2012)

Progress Report 1 (May 21, 2012)

Research for Professor Hassan Abbas (April – July 2011) – South Asia Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs: Researched Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan for book The Taliban Revival.

Past Experience

Wreckers Robotics Founder, Co-Captain — Dean Kamen’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) High School Robotics Team 0577

1st Place World Champion 2011 — St. Louis, MO

pre-championship feature  about the team and post-championship article by Paul Schott, Westport News

3rd Place at 2010 World Championship — Atlanta, GA

2nd Place at 2009 World Championship — Atlanta, GA

article in Westport Now

Mentor for freshmen FTC team, “passing the torch” to younger engineers

“GeEco” local sustainable technologies project for Westport Green Village Initiative (GVI) — Summer 2011

Paid internship at Westport’s environmental and sustainability center, Wakeman Town Farm

Engineered and built sustainable tech projects, constructed windmill technology for local organic farm

article by reporter Kirk Lang and column by Woody KleinWestport News

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