I was reared in Norcross, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. Having never moved locations, my solid friendships with nearby kids lasted over a decade and were marked with priceless memories of playing baseball and basketball every day until we could no longer see the ball at night. My loving parents were incredibly hard-working, supportive, yet hands-off. I could not have had it any better, and for this, I'm grateful.
I double-majored in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Florida Tech's small campus provided a lot of opportunities and served as the perfect stepping stone in many ways.
Graduate School Part I — Master's
In May 2007, I moved to Los Angeles, California to intern at Google (in Santa Monica) and start graduate school at UCLA. My Master's was in Computer Science, and my interests lied in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. Specifically, I researched animats-based learning and natural language processing, and I graduated in May 2009.
The Real World
Upon graduating in 2009, I excitedly accepted an Associate Staff research position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. For many years I had dreamt of living in Boston, and it proved to be a fun city in which to live. After three wonderul years of working at MITLL, I decided to return to school and pursue my PhD.
Graduate School Part II — PhD
In 2012, I matriculted in Brown University's Computer Science PhD program. The program -- and university at large -- is incredibly geniune, caring, and top-notch. I am enjoying my time in my new home in Providence, Rhode Island as I pursue research in Natural Language Processing.
My top passions are playing baseball, photography, painting (acrylics and oils), billiards, weight lifting, computer science, and mathematics. In addition, like everyone else, I am rather addicted to music and thoroughly enjoy quality films. I try to travel as much as possible.