I started my Computer Science career at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where I earned my BS and MS in Computer Science in 2013. My Master’s research was on micro-text classification and was done under Dr. Alexander Dekhtyar. After I worked as a software developer on Netflix’s cloud reliability, where I implemented my thesis, SPOONS, on Spanish tweets to support the South American release of Netflix. Next, I worked as a software developer on the Extensions Team on the Google Chromium/Chrome web browser. There are designed and implemented the Native Messaging API. Afterwords, I became a senior software developer at Gaine Solutions, where I worked on master data management and production-scale entity resolution systems. Finally, I decided to return to academia to pursue a Ph.D. in machine learning. I entered the graduate program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I joined the LINQS Lab under Dr. Lise Getoor.
Teaching has always held a special place to me. I have been tutoring various subjects since middle school, and have managed over twenty clients while still in high school. When I arrived at Cal Poly, I became a tutor in the Computer Science Department’s Tutoring Center, which I eventually managed. While at Cal Poly, I graded and TA’d for various courses which culminated in becoming a graduate student instructor. After I graduated Cal Poly, I would periodically come back to lecture for various courses. While pursuing my Ph.D. at UCSC I have also had the opportunity to revamp a course, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and supervise several students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.
My favorite things are programming, traveling, and going on long walks. As programming is my favorite hobby, I love to work on different side projects, many of which you can see on my my Github. Aside from programming, I love to travel and take long walks (hopefully together). I am also very interested in renewable sources of electricity. I have built my own solar collection and storage array using only reclaimed and salvaged parts. Someday, I hope to have the opportunity to build my own hydro generator.