My fascination with all electrics came from modest beginnings: taking alarm clocks, toys, and well anything that I could find apart, putting it back together and seeing if it still worked. When I was five my family acquired a used Apple II-C that quickly became my favorite toy. Though at the time I never tore into the hardware, I did spend many a day teaching myself to write games on that system.
When I entered college in 1999 computers were becoming a facet in America’s everyday life. Though as an undergraduate I majored in journalism at Texas A & M University, my heart always was in the computer scene. I spent my spare time either taking and developing photos (in an actual darkroom, man I am old) or tinkering with my first PC (both hardware and software). After graduation I entered the work force for seven years. The majority of this time was devoted to publishing/graphic design with a two year detour into PC sales.
In 2010, I decide my love for programing– actually for anything pertaining to computers besides sales– was too great to be ignored. At this point I began my master’s degree in computer science at a branch of The University of Texas where my focus was computer networking. Along the way I found my calling in research, which led me to getting a PhD in computer science at Michigan State University. At MSU I ventured into combining Darwinian evolution and machine learning to produce agent-based machines that evolved to learn.
As for sports, baseball and swimming compete for the #1 spot in my heart, with football following a close third. I suppose growing up on Friday night football in Deep East Texas cultivated my interest.