I’m a graduate student living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I’m currently pursuing a PhD in Computational Science at Marquette University, where I also finished up my Master of Science in Computing in 2014.  Prior to this, I lived in Chicago for a little while, pursuing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Chicago.

My interests can be boiled down to two things: learning new things, and making things.  In short…

I am curious.

I spent most of my younger years acting as tech support for friends and family – which led me to take interest in human-computer interaction and accessibility.  I did research while working on my Masters of Science in Computing on adaptive interfaces for elderly adults, looking to combine recent advances in affective computing with adaptive interfaces.  This would lead to creating things such as operating systems that would detect squinting, and determine that onscreen text size needed enlargement.  This work culminated in my Masters’ thesis on that topic, which I defended in 2014.

My PhD work focuses on universal design in mobile applications (and specifically, decision-making interfaces).  I work with both Ubicomp Lab at Marquette, and the R2D2 Center of UW-Milwaukee on a variety of projects.

When I’m not in the lab, I like to make things.  I do a bit of self-taught digital illustration, and play piano.  I also write – both pieces that you’ll find on this blog, and fiction (which I’ve been writing since my time as a creative writing major of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts).  I make IoT systems, both for fun (costuming for the next comic convention) and for general experimentation (a mock security system for my study).

I’ll also try art areas I don’t have extensive experience in, such as cooking, knitting, and dancing.  You’ll never know if you like something until you try it!

Above all, I am a student.

I’m constantly trying new things and learning new things – and I love sharing my experiences.  That being said, a list of topics you may find on this blog include:

  • Experiments with “productivity hacks”
  • Book recommendations
  • Reasons why I love public libraries
  • How an arts high school prepared me for graduate school more than anything else.

I look forward to sharing my discoveries!