Rory Bowens is a graduate student working towards a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Michigan. Rory is working alongside his mentor, Dr. Michael Meyer, to develop and use infrared detectors for high contrast imaging. Through the use of adaptive optics, it is possible for ground-based mid-infrared detectors to complement space-based missions such as JWST in the contrast-limited regime. Rory is using the MITTEN cryostat in order to test the performance of future mid-infrared detectors while simultaneously working on the deployment of the mid-IR instrument MIRAC-5 on the 6.5 meter MMT telescope.