I am an Astronomer working at USRA‘s SOFIA Science Center at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). Prior to this I was a NASA Fellow working at NASA ARC. I have also worked as a staff scientist at NASA’s Spitzer Science Center (SSC). My Post-Doctorate was done with the MIPSGAL group. I received my Ph.D from RPI’s Physics Department. There I worked with the Astronomy & Astrophysics group and my collaborators were Dr. Douglas C. B. Whittet (He was also my Ph.D thesis advisor), Dr. Wayne Roberge, and Dr. George Hassel. My research is focused on physics and chemistry of interstellar dust grain. My Ph.D thesis was a study to constrain (observational) different interstellar grain growth mechanism in dark molecular clouds.