I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota and work in GroupLens Research, advised by Professor Loren Terveen. My current research interests lie broadly in HCI and social computing. More specifically, I’ve studied the domain of peer production systems such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and OpenStreetMap. Recently, I’ve been interested in quality issues in systems where standardization of structured data is vital such as OpenStreetMap and Wikidata. I’ve been fortunate to have my work published at peer-reviewed venues including CHI, CSCW, and OpenSym.
I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible collaborators in industry research roles through two internships, one with Google in summer 2018 and one with the Wikimedia Foundation in summer 2017. With Google, I worked with Patti Bao, Ben Drury, and many other user experience researchers within the Geo organization. At the Wikimedia Foundation, I worked closely with Aaron Halfaker.
Additionally, I previously worked at Intel Corporation as an intern three times in a variety of technical roles including application development and systems programming roles. At Intel, I also performed a small degree of research related to resource optimization.
As an undergraduate student, I researched programming languages with Associate Professor Eric Van Wyk, specifically developing techniques to adapt traditional parser-generators for a class of languages where whitespace is valid syntax (i.e. Python). This work was done specifically in the context of Copper, a parser generator developed in Professor Van Wyk’s lab.
When I’m not doing research, I enjoy doing a number of activities. Since even before I was in the Boy Scouts (where I attained the rank of Eagle Scout), I’ve enjoyed spending my time outdoors hiking and camping. I’ve also been an active swimmer and runner throughout my life.
I enjoy travelling. Whenever I’m in a new location, I enjoy exploring the area and like taking pictures of the sights I see.