Dennis grew up in Fort Collins, CO. There he started his higher education at Front Range Community College before he transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). At CU he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in physics with Summa cum Laude honors (2010). His undergraduate work consisted of studying nanoparticles in liquid crystals. Dennis stayed at CU for graduate school where he spent his first year as a teaching assistant. After his first year, during the summer of 2011, he joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group. Dennis is interested in high resolution x-ray imaging of biological samples. He is supported by a COSI traineeship, a NSF GRFP fellowship, and a Ford Foundation fellowship. During his free time Dennis enjoys disc golf, off-road driving, camping, hiking, and skiing.
- 2017 2017 American Physical Society Division of Laser Science Ph.D. Dissertation Award
- 2015 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition for 2015
- 2011 NSF Graduate Fellowship
- 2011 Ford Foundation Fellowship