Position: Starfleet Science Ops Representative
If you wrote down a list of stereotypes that went with someone who had dedicated their life to science such as shy, nervous, clumsy, quiet, isolated and awkward then you would have pretty much just described Ivan Tillman. But given that he has only ever wanted to work quietly away on his research than none of those labels would concern him.
When Ivan was born he contracted a rare virus which left him severely weakened and close to death. A treatment was discovered in time to save his life but it would be a number of years before he was strong enough to live a normal life. This meant that he was unable to attend public school for most of his childhood however his mother was determined to insure her son got the best education possible. It was her love of science that eventually led to his own.
After graduating Starfleet Academy with honours finding a placement was a simple matter and Ivan soon found himself in the unusual position of being popular. At least with research divisions and advanced development teams if not with the individuals he worked with. Even though he is trained in many fields Ivan specialised in Stellar Cartography and has mapped a large number of previously unexplored regions of space as well as helped to sift through the millions of sensor logs coming in from Starfleet vessels throughout the four Quadrants.
In recent months Ivan has been leading a small team in mapping The Expanse aboard the Task Force 92 flagship, U.S.S. Endeavour. They started the process by taking long-range scans, complimented by other Federation vessels as they enter the region, and then moved on to distributing sensor probes to take more detailed readings. During this time he discovered a new type of mineral, formally designated Teslacite, that is capable of producing and storing electrical charges.
When Rear Admiral Holden formed the Expanse Oversight Advisory he selected Ivan as part of the short list for becoming the first Science Ops Representative. Following a preliminary analysis period where each applicant was tested for their range of expertise and capabilities Ivan was given the position and transferred to the Home Office on Kepler Station (KS14.1: A Tiny Oversight). Finding this new role far more difficult than he had ever anticipated, Ivan struggled to fit in amongst his fellow EOA members. Especially when a lack of intelligence regarding Oratt IX led to a disastrous mission there which nearly cost three members of the Away Team their freedom (KS14: Curieosity Killed The Cat).
Thankfully there was one silver lining to life on the station in the form of the new Chief Science Officer: Andrea Carter. Although a little rocky at first, especially when Ivan let his scientific curiosity get ahead of his empathy for Andrea's predicament when she found herself transformed into a teenager again as a result of a strange entity (KS18: Faradays Gone By), the pair found a mutual interest in each other which has slowly developed into the beginnings of a relationship (KS19: Boy Who Cried Wolf).
Mother: Helen Tillman