I am a Science and Technology Attaché at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC. At the Embassy, I help Dutch researchers and institutes (academic, government or industry) identify potential partners and formalize collaborative, precompetitive, R&D programs. Some of the projects I have worked on include using commercial remote sensing for maritime domain awareness, antifouling coatings for maritime applications, the establishment of a sustainable energy research center in the Caribbean, and forensic sciences.
I earned my PhD in planetary sciences from Harvard University in 2009 after completing an MSc in geology in 2003 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. For my dissertation research, I conducted high-velocity impact experiments on magnetic rocks and minerals, paleomagnetic studies of shocked basalt at Lonar crater, India, and calculations of shock wave propagation resulting from impact basin forming events on Mars. My research interests are impact cratering, rock magnetism, and science policy.
On this page you can find information about my research career and my embassy life. You can also download prints of my research papers.