Brandon received dual bachelors degrees in Physics from Ithaca College and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2008, and continued to Georgia Tech for graduate school, completing a MS in Aerospace in 2010 and his PhD in 2014. Brandon’s doctoral research was on the topic of ignition performance for gas turbine engines and developed a dual, experimental and modeling program to address the problem. Current research continues in ignition and new projects in space propulsion.
In addition to his scholarly roles, Brandon also enjoys many outdoor activities including: hiking, backpacking, camping, and gardening. To compliment his gardening, Brandon is also a beekeeper and regularly volunteers with the Georgia Tech Urban Honeybee Project. He also holds a private pilot’s license and is a member of the Yellow Jacket Flying club. Faith and community is also very important to Brandon, and he is an active member of the ministries at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Atlanta, serving as a choir member, cantor, and Eucharistic Minister.