I am a Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. I first started studying sea ice at NASA when I was in high school. Then I did research on radar propagation in sea ice, viewed as a composite material of pure ice with brine and air inclusions, at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) while I was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. My early studies of sea ice led to a career as a mathematician specializing in theoretical models of the effective properties of composite materials. I've traveled to Antarctica five times - my first time in college, and five times to the Arctic. All my previous trips south have been on US or Australian icebreakers studying sea ice in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. I am excited that I will finally have the chance this time to set foot on the frozen continent itself.