I am a third-year Computer Science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University in Dr. Chris Adami’s lab studying artificial intelligence, evolution, and collective behavior using artificial life and digital evolution. Prior to coming to MSU, I attended the University of Central Florida for my undergraduate degree in Computer Science. During my time there, I completed my undergraduate Honors thesis with Dr. Kenneth Stanley as a member of the Evolutionary Complexity (EPlex) research group.

On the weekends, I’ve taken up a “data tinkering” hobby where I try to tackle an interesting data analysis problem every week. If I find something interesting, I report on my findings in my personal blog.

When I’m not glued to the computer working on my research, I enjoy hiking, weight lifting, playing PC games, karaoke, and taste testing the fine products of Michigan’s many microbreweries (the latter two often together). I regularly travel around the U.S. to teach researchers scientific computing skills at Software Carpentry workshops. I’m always looking for something new to do or try, so if you need a partner for your latest adventure, send me an email.

I am a proud dog owner and enthusiast. Pictured below is my basenji / jack russell mix, Zack. He is a little ball of energy and happiness that never ceases to make me smile.

Photo: Zack

My little bundle of joy, Zack