Alex was born at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and traveled quite a bit as a child since his father was in the Air Force. His mother taught mathematics to high school and community college students, so Alex was raised with a strong background in mathematics and science. He ventured to the University of Florida for college, where he earned his BS in agricultural and biological engineering and graduated summa cum laude. After graduating, he entered the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained his MS in 2011. He is now working on his PhD at MIT.
Alex has always been a strong proponent of outreach and tutoring, and has participated in countless events geared to raising interest in middle and high school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Leveraging this experience, he understands how to relate to and engage with younger students to encourage their learning. He tutored in chemistry and mathematics for several years while at the University of Florida.
In his free time, Alex freezes trout eggs at -196C as part of a startup venture.