I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at Lewis & Clark College. My majors are Mathematics/Computer Science (combined major) and Physics. Prior to attending Lewis & Clark, I went to high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. My academic interests include solid-state physics and thermodynamics, high-performance computing and parallelism, cloud and grid computing, discrete mathematics and combinatorics, and linear algebra. I'm particularly interested in the intersection of computation and science. Some of the most interesting things I've been able to do are helping domain scientists meet their computational needs. Much of the work I've done has to do with making computational scientific resources easier to access and utilize in order to streamline the process of computation-based science. I'm also a big supporter of the open-source software movement and I try to release almost all the code I write on GitHub. I strongly believe that the free sharing of knowledge, be it through open source computer code or open access scientific journals leads to better science and better society.
Some of my other interests include Samoan Fireknife Dancing, practicing and teaching Judo, photography, film, cars, and watching some sports (I like soccer, baseball, basketball, Judo, and occasionally formula one and hockey). I also drink a lot of tea.
In addition to being a student, I also do some part-time programming. I am a Research Software Engineer at the Parsl Project, which is based at the Computation Institute, which is jointly based out of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. There, I develop, maintain, and manage tools to make data-intensive and computationally demanding tasks easy to use, secure, and scalable in a variety of computing environments from multicore computers to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. I contribute to development of live projects with active scientific users as well as prototypes for future projects. I am also currently a Digital Innovation Specialist at the Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College. There, I manage operation of LC's high-performance computing infrastructure, design solutions to help students, staff, and faculty solve digital problems, and assist in maintainence of the library's digital information resources. I also help design strategy for HPC and reseach computing on campus. In addition, I also sit on the Council for Advanced Research on Data Science (CARDS) at Lewis & Clark as well as two curricular development committees for data science and the natural sciences. Additionally, I’m the founder and board chair of the Lewis & Clark ACM student chapter and I am one of the vice presidents of the fire arts club at L&C as well. With the ACM chapter, I organize our student-led peer-reviewed journal, the weekly student-led workshops, the ACM colloquium series, periodic hackathons, and many other computational and community-oriented initiatives. Read more about it at our website.
I've had the great fortune to be able to work with some really cool people during my high-school and college experience. I've worked with Kyle Chard and Yadu Babuji on the Parsl Project for easy high-performance and parallel computing, Jens Mache on various HPC projects here at Lewis & Clark, Tyler Skluzacek on DISCUS - a homomorphically encrypted scientific database service, Ian Foster, and certainly coolest of all, Ryan Chard. Last summer (summer 2018), I was an intern in (and highly recommend) the Digital Technology Leadership Program at GE Transportation. It's an amazing program that allows me to apply my computational skills in the locomotive industry, which is perfect for me because of my lifelong love of trains and locomotive technology.