Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed working with numbers and helping others solve
problems. When I was 10 years old, I got my first computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model
I. I loved to program it. A few years later, I developed software to print invoices,
record payments, and track inventory for my mother's home business. At that time, there
were no commercial packages to do this.
At Rose-Hulman I double-majored in computer science and mathematics, and I went on
to earn my PhD in computer science from Indiana University. At both schools I took
a lot of math courses across a broad spectrum of topics, and I enjoyed all of them.
My research was in the area of programming languages, and I used Scheme to implement
my ideas. Scheme uses functions as its main means of abstraction and is thus impedance
matched with mathematics and algorithms.
Since graduate school I have worked as a software engineer for a laboratory automation
company, SAGIAN, part of Beckman Coulter. I particularly love the challenge of applying
mathematics to make complex robotic systems that efficiently automate repetitive processes.
My mathematics background has proven invaluable as I have worked in the areas of planning,
scheduling, algorithm design & analysis, instrument control, robust communication,
and fault recovery. In addition to these big problems, there are lots of little problems
that crop up, and it is very satisfying to solve them carefully so that the system
just works from the user's perspective.
Mathematics is the language of science & engineering, and it is also very useful
for solving problems in many different areas. For example, I recently decided to upgrade
my 16-year-old heating and air conditioning system at home. I developed a mathematical
model of the various systems in Microsoft Excel to help me decide which system was
the best deal for me. Now I'm tracking my utility bills to see how well the model predicts
Please feel free to contact me with questions. If you'd like to learn more about what
I do and would be willing to come to Indianapolis for a day, I can arrange to
have you spend a few hours shadowing me and seeing first-hand what things we do here.
I recently found a helpful career planning resource based on Holland codes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland_Codes).
The free self-assessment at http://www.soicc.state.nc.us/soicc/planning/c1a.htm
can give students some ideas of what careers are matched to their strengths.