Eric is an astronomer at heart but has always been interested in space exploration. An ardent supporter of NASA, Eric completed the NASA Academy internship at Marshall Space Flight Center in 2010. He also completed an internship with the National Solar Observatory. He received his Bachelor's degree in Physics with an Astronomy minor in 2013. He is currently enrolled in the Space Studies Masters of Science program, but his highest goal is to obtain his PhD someday. In his spare time, Eric enjoys camping, hiking, Magic The Gathering, Japanese Anime, and stargazing with his 10 inch Dobsonian telescope. He is interested in studies of asteroids as well as solar and stellar astrophysics. He is also interested in human survival and prosperity as we (hopefully) reach out across the stars.