About Me

I'm currently (since summer 2022) an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Prior to arriving at UNCA, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota, where I worked with Hans Othmer in the School of Mathematics on his NIH-funded grant on stochastic analysis of pattern formation in biology. From 2012 to 2014, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

I completed my PhD in computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. I entered the program on a National Science Foundation IGERT fellowship. I later received the NSF graduate research fellowship. My emphasis was in computational science and engineering. You can learn about my research here.

I worked for several years prior to graduate school. I was a Statistical Programmer at Medtronic in Saint Paul, Minnesota, working in the bioinformatics group in the Dept. of Cardiac Rhythm Management Clinical Research. Before that, I was a Data Analyst in the Division of Biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I spent two years there working with Dr. Walter Rocca conducting research on the causes of Parkinson's disease. I also spent some time working as a software engineer. For more details on my work experience, please see my curriculum vitae (pdf).