Current Occupation...

PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame supported by Deans' and CSE GAANN Fellowship. I was an alternate award recipient for the 2015 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Previously, I taught two learning center sections of First-Year Engineering in the FYETAP program and served on the graduate student board for the computer science and engineering department. A complete listing can be found on my CV.

The Undergraduate Years...

Graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2010. Recipient of Meyerhoff Scholarship (17th Cohort). Activities included men's basketball and pep band. Third Place finish in the UMBC Prove It competition. Tutored Calculus and high school mathematics.

Research...

My research area is computer vision exploring topics related to crowd analysis. In years prior, I conducted research in the areas of biometrics and face recognition. More info on that can be found here.

Research Experience for Undergraduates...

A major reason I went on to graduate school. I participated in 3 REU programs: SMART at the University of Colorado, Boulder ; at University of California, Riverside; and WVNano/CITeR at West Virginia University.

When I think about home...

Native of Baltimore, MD. Attended Roland Park Elementary/Middle School and later Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (H.S.). Spent two years in Air Force JROTC and 4 years in the marching band. Active member of the Berea Temple SDA church (Youth Ushers Leader, Pathfinder Drum Corp Leader, and Deacon in Training).

Studying abroad...

In January 2009, I traveled to Montpellier, France to study beginner and intermediate level French. (Unfortunately, my proficiency has since drastically waned)...

"Free" Time...

I love working out. Goal: five days a week. On average, I lift weights about 3 times a week and play basketball twice a week. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, I bike to school as well.

I also love music! Pianist/Keyboardist for Praise Fellowship SDA and New Life Fellowship Ministries (South Bend). Previously played the valve trombone for the UMBC Pep Band and percussion in my high school marching band.

Music...

On occasion, I try to record a few clips of me playing the piano. This is my arrangement of America, The Beautiful, and a few others.

Religion...

Born and raised Seventh-Day Adventist, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior at age 13. Currently, I attend Praise Fellowship SDA in South Bend, IN.

Karate...

Studied Tae Kwon Do for 7 years until reaching 1st degree Black Belt.

Favorite Quotes...

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass.”
-Paul J. Meyer

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.