Jacob moved to Tempe, AZ in 2013 after graduating from UCLA with a B.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics. As an undergraduate, he worked for a summer with Professor Ed Young as a lab assistant in his cosmochemistry lab. There he shadowed several graduate students and helped run both laser ablation and solution intake mass spectrometry experiments with an ICPMS machine to measure stable isotope ratios. Jacob later worked for Professor Dave Paige from 2011-2013 as a student researcher. He created digital elevation models of the Moon’s surface using LOLA and WAC data to be used for the Diviner team’s thermal modeling experiments. He also researched non-gravitational forces on asteroids, known as the Yarkovsky effect, using a 3D ray tracing thermal code and the shape model of asteroid Itokawa.
In his free time, Jacob likes to play sports or be outdoors. He is an avid ultimate frisbee player, as well as a baseball, tennis, and rock climbing enthusiast. He also enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with others and taking astrophotos through his telescope. He was a former president and telescope operator for the UCLA astronomy club, and has belonged to the Ventura County and Los Angeles Astronomical Societies. He serves on the SESE Open House committee to continue his involvement with outreach at ASU.