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About Me

I am a second year Master's student in the College of Computing. I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in 2000 in Electrical Engineering. Between then and now I worked full-time for a couple of years at a small systems integrator in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Why am I pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science if my undergraduate is in Electrical Engineering (one might ask)? I found my duties at my job increasingly revolved around writing simple VB apps which talked to some database back-end. While these were very interesting at first, I eventually realized that I needed more training to pursue software development as a career.

My computer-area interests include (but are not limited to) learning sciences, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. To see what I mean, look at my schedule since entering the MSCS program here.

Outside of computers I do have some other interests:
  • I enjoy jogging at Piedmont Park, when the weather permits (and often when it does not). I have run the Peachtree Road Race a total of 5 times, now, with the first time being in 1996.
  • My calm, quiet demeanor quickly evaporates to reveal a mad, competitive edge about me whenever I step onto the tennis court. I'm not exceptionally good at tennis, which means that I often leave the court very frustrated. I have been playing ALTA mixed doubles for the past two-and-a-half years out of Piedmont Park.
  • I am an avid cook and baker. Specialties of mine (things I'm good at, at least) include jambalaya, chili, steak, stir-fry, brownies, cookies, and a chocolate-hazelnut cake that's delicious. Things I'd like to improve at primarily exist in the realm of the sauces: my marinara sauces usually come out too acidic, my sauces made from fond (the sticky stuff in the pan after cooking meats) come out with a flavor which I can best categorize as indescribable. In another life perhaps I would have gone to culinary school and forgotten about all this computer / technology stuff. One of my favorite shows is Good Eats on the Food Network.
  • My reading interests fluctuate depending on my work / school obligations at the time. Lately I've been on a sci-fi kick, but prior to that I really enjoyed the classics. Some of my all-time favorite books, and well worth checking out:
    • Modern:
      • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
      • Art & Lies by Jeannette Winterson
    • Classics:
      • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
      • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Doestoevsky
      • The Idiot by Fyodor Doestoevsky
      • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
      • Uncle Jim by Joseph Conrad
      • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
      • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    • Sci Fi / Fantasy:
      • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
      • Anything by C.S. Friedman
      • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (plus The Hobbit)

As a reminder to myself (and anyone else interested in different web browser experiences) Avant Browser is a set of browser features added on top of Internet Explorer, with a super-easy installation and even some features (such as the ability to block Flash animation) that Firefox either doesn't have or doesn't make it easy to do.

Last modified 25 April 2005 at 12:27 pm by Jason Williams