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:
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
- Art & Lies by Jeannette Winterson
- 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)
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