A brief history of my life

I was born eight days and 16 miles from the death of Richard Feynman. Depending on the dissipation rate, it is possible some of his spirit may have found home in my mother's womb. This may partially explain my love for science. Return to main page
My parents met at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Youth Group in Lincoln Heights after both immigrating from Jalisco, Mexico. They are now atheists, though still married. My brother, Esteban, is 2 years older than me and is also a scientist. An ongoing search for the scientific spirit(s) he may have inherited has not yet yielded any results. Our mother, whose maiden name is Corona (yes, our last names are Buz Corona), is a Spanish-English interpreter in the courts. Our father uses many large knives as a butcher at a small specialty meat factory.
Following my excellent education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I joined the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer after my sophomore year I began work in the laboratory of Professor Ben Weiss. Here I worked with Dr. Ian Garrick-Bethell on lunar sample 76535 in a project which ultimately identified the oldest evidence for a core dynamo on the Moon. The work was fascinating and I was later entrusted with a rock of my own, 12017, which I studied the remainder of my time as an undergraduate and during my Master's program. The results of this research were published in Tikoo et al. (2012) and Buz et al. (2015). Also during my time at MIT I interned one summer under Dr. Patrick McGovern at the Lunar and Planetary Institute where we attempted to use Venusian volcano edifice shape and size to determine the thickness of the elastic lithosphere. I summer before my senior year I worked with Professor Maria Zuber at the Goddard Space Flight Center where I searched for a correlation between surface roughness and neutron density on the Moon.
After graduating with my Master's in 2011 I assisted in mapping and sample collection in the Indian Himalaya. I moved back to my beloved Los Angeles and worked in the seismological laboratory at the California Institute of Technology as a data analyst. I was later contracted by Professor Bethany Ehlmann to write software for automated processing of Mars spectroscopy scenes. During my employment at Caltech I applied and was accepted to the graduate program in the department of Geological and Planetary Sciences. I am currently a 4th year graduate student co-advised between Bethany Ehlmann and Joe Kirschvink. I work on a remote sensing spectroscopy project of the Greater Gale Region, Mars and am a part of the Curiosity rover science operations team. I also study Martian meteorite ALH84001 in order to determine the method of magnetization of the magnetite in the sample. As a career I hope to continue research in the Earth and Planetary Sciences and work at solving both long-standing mysteries and current issues.
In my spare time I enjoy making cards, swimming, the outdoors, working on construction projects with my dad, and taking care of my 6 chickens, Amelia, Clara, Peeper, Mermaid, and DJ Hytek.