I am a solar physicist working at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the High Energy Astrophysics Department in the Solar Stellar X-ray Group (SSXG). I work on understanding high energy phenomena associated with shock physics in the heliosphere and in astronomical systems such as supernova remnants. To do this, I work on building and operating scientific satellite instrumentation. I am a science Co-I and former chief observer for the X-ray Telescope (XRT) aboard JAXA's Hinode Satellite. I was a planner for the TRACE Satellite. The images from this wonderful satellite is the reason why I am in solar physics. I had the distinct pleasure to work with an amazing international team to build the High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) Sounding Rocket. Those 5 minutes of flight captured the highest resoultion images of the solar corona in the extreme ultraviolet. Currently, I am a science Co-I and head of Science Operations of the Solar Wind Electron Alpha and Proton (SWEAP) Instrument Suite which will fly on NASA's Solar Probe Plus - a mission to touch the Sun's corona.