My name is Ben Donovan and I am a graduate student in the McEntaffer Lab from LeClaire, IA. Prior to Penn State, I attended The University of Iowa where I obtained a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Astronomy. My research interests include the optical design of high-performance X-ray spectrometers, the development of grating alignment techniques, and the testing of high-performance X-ray reflection gratings. In my free time, I enjoy golfing and playing the piano.