Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (Spring 2017)
PhD Candidate, Computer Science, GPA 5.0/5.0
Thesis: “Behavior-Driven Optimization Techniques for Scalable Data Exploration”
Advisor: Michael Stonebraker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (August 2013)
MS, Computer Science, GPA 5.0/5.0
Thesis: “Interactive Visualization of Big Data Leveraging Databases for Scalable Computation”
Advisor: Michael Stonebraker
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (June 2011)
BS, Computer Engineering, GPA 3.77/4.0

Job Experience

University of Washington, Seattle, WA (July 2017-Present)
I am working with Jeffrey Heer in the Interactive Data Lab on characterizing user visual analysis behavior with standard visualization tools (e.g., Tableau), to: 1) inform the design of new visualization recommendation systems; and 2) to develop realistic workloads (and ultimately benchmarks) for testing the performance scalable visual analytics tools.
Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA (Summer 2014)
Research Intern
I worked with Danyel Fisher in the VIBE group, focusing on HCI and visualization. I developed new techniques for recording query provenance in data stream management systems. I used the resulting provenance data to design a more intuitive user interface for visually debugging temporal database queries. Our work was presented at CHI, a premier conference for human-computer interaction research.
Telenav R&D, (Summer 2012)
Technical Intern
I developed a tool for recommending relevant destinations to users planning a new trip via a GPS device or smartphone.

Teaching Experience

Co-Advised Students
  • Peitong Duan (M.S., 2017)
  • Dana Mukusheva (M.S., 2017)
  • Zachery Miranda (B.S., 2018)
  • Audace Nakeshimana (B.S., 2020)
MIT Summer Research Program, Cambridge, MA (Summer 2015)
Program Advisor
I supported 40 undergraduate researchers from across the country. I held weekly recitations for 10 undergraduates to teach and discuss valuable skills for graduate school.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2010-2011)
Teaching Assistant
I assisted with courses: Foundations of Computing (CSE 312) and Introduction to Data Management (CSE 344). I held weekly recitations to reinforce course material. I created assignments, and helped to grade assignments and exams.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2007-2009)
Lab Assistant
I assisted with the Introduction to Digital Design course (CSE 369). I answered questions for students working in the hardware lab.


PC Member

  • VISSOFT 2018
  • SIGMOD 2018 Student Research Competition
  • HILDA 2018 Workshop (co-located with SIGMOD 2018)
  • BigVis 2018 Workshop (co-located with EDBT/ICDT 2018)

Leadership and Service

External Reviewer

  • Information Systems (2018)
  • IJITM (2017)
  • TIST (2017)
  • TVCG (2016)
  • TKDE (2016)
  • SIGMOD 2018
  • InfoVis 2017
  • VAST 2015
  • VLDB 2015
  • EuroSys 2015
  • EDBT 2015

Student Organizer

  • DSIA 2015 Workshop (co-located with IEEE VIS 2015)
  • 2015 MIT Personal Branding Workshop
  • 2012 MIT CSAIL Student Workshop

Leadership Roles


  • ACM SIGMOD Student Travel Grant, Spring 2015
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Spring 2013