I was a Dance major at the University of California, Irvine for the first two years of my undergraduate studies (Fall 2003 until Winter 2005), and an Information and Computer Sciences major for the second two years (Spring 2005 until graduation at the end of Spring 2007). I had been taking computer science courses since high school and had been tremendously interested in programming since the young age of 14. While a young teenager, I wrote several small programs in my spare time and built a great intuition for programming at an early age. This made the transition from a Dance to an ICS major much smoother and much less of a shock during my undergraduate studies.
Perhaps most importantly, during my junior year, Bill Tomlinson showed up in my classroom to recruit students for his research group, the Social Code Group. Bill's pitch piqued my interest greatly, so after applying for a position, Bill accepted me into the group. We went on to work on several projects, including FoG (a successor to The EcoRaft Project) and MDSE: Multi-Device Software Engineering (the topic of my undergraduate thesis).
After receiving my degree from UCI, I started as a graduate student at MIT. While there, I received both Masters and Doctoral degrees at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. For my doctoral dissertation, I investigated interactive conversational techniques on a smart whiteboard involving bi-directional speaking and drawing. My Master's work entailed designing and creating the user interface to an autonomous robotic forklift. Echos of many of the ideas and interface elements in my masters work can be seen in modern autonomous vehicle interfaces, including at Waymo and Tesla. To read more about these projects, check out my Projects page.
During my tenure at MIT, I was advised by Randall Davis. As any of his students will be quick to tell you, Randy is a great adviser. His insights into research, its community, and publications have been invaluable to me as I've navigated through academia and my career. Randy is also a gifted teacher. I had the pleasure of sitting in on several of his lectures, and I can attest to his ability to make complex topics accessible to students. He is also a generous mentor, and I have benefited greatly from his advice and guidance over the years. I am grateful to Randy for his support and advice, and I am proud to count him among my mentors.
After finishing my education, I began work at a San Francisco startup, called Twice Clothes, that was purchased by eBay. During my time at eBay, I worked as system, devops, and A.I. engineers, working on several parts of several projects. After eBay, I worked at another startup, Silo, for one year before starting my own startup, Vassar AI. If you are in need of any artificial intelligence work, especially as it relates to large systems and systems orchestration (devops), please don't hesitate to reach out!