University of Californie, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, B.A. Physics, B.A. Astrophysics
University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. Astronomy
Kiera is a life-long lover of science. Growing up in San Diego with a father in physics and a mother in biology, she and her two siblings were raised with a passionate curiosity about the natural world. While an early love of learning and reading led her to many academic interests, her dream was always to study astronomy.
Kiera attended UC Berkeley from 2010 to 2014, double majoring in Physics and Astrophysics and volunteering in research labs where she identified new supernovae and helped build a telescope to study the early universe. She went on to a graduate program at UCLA where she received her Master’s degree in Astronomy in 2017 while working on research in dark matter and high energy astrophysics.
While a graduate student Kiera had her first opportunity to teach and soon realized she had discovered a new joy. She especially enjoyed any opportunities to engage a student one-on-one and find out what about the natural world makes them curious and motivated to learn. On a break from her PhD work, Kiera is excited to share her enthusiasm for math and science, and feels Fusion’s one-on-on model is the perfect setting.
Hobbies: Reading science fiction and fantasy books, crocheting, crafting, dyeing her hair, and playing with her cat, Claudia.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Albert Einstein