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Hi! I’m Christine. I like collecting projects and experiences which I hope will one day render me able to solve any problem I find interesting or important. It’s slow going at points but I have a lot of fun exploring and creating things in a variety of fields.

I just completed my PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Zurich under Professor George Lake and Professor Romain Teyssier. I do research in computational astrophysics, high performance computing, and big data visualization. I’m primarily interested in the gravitational force, which I consider the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature’s fundamental forces. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles to work at SpaceX for the rest of 2014, to begin a postdoc in theoretical physics in 2015, and to improve my surfing skills.

Prior to that I’ve worked at BBN Technologies, MIT CSAIL, MIT Media Lab, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs Site), FAST Search and Transfer, MIT, JHU, and MIT MEET as a software engineer, research scientist, and programming instructor. Prior to/during that I studied Physics and Computer Science (double major) and Mathematics and Philosophy (double minor) at MIT and obtained a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from UZH.

In my free time, I do a lot of open source and mobile application development oriented around technical activism, gender based violence and social justice. I am the co-lead of the iOS team at Open WhisperSystems (encrypted communications), and technical lead on the Circle of 6 and Encyclopedia apps.

Visit http://www.christinecorbettmoran.com for a detailed look at my projects.

One final thing: I applied to be a NASA astronaut (update: rejected), and certainly plan to see the Earth from space one day. I later applied for a winter-over in Antarctica as a telescope operator (update: rejected). I’ll certainly try both again, and am working on improving my chances.

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