I am thrilled to be starting my PhD in Computer Science at Maryland this fall 2021. I chose this program not only because it is strong academically, but because I was impressed with the faculty interests and perspectives which demonstrated social and global awareness of key issues we are facing today. They have also been uniquely supportive of my interest in applying computational and data science methods and technologies to investigate social science problems, particularly the idea of “data science for good”. I chose computer science because I believe a strong foundation in this discipline will provide me with the hard skills, breadth of knowledge and expertise for choosing a range of different problems and applications to explore. I hope to eventually teach and lead research projects in these areas.
My hobbies include spending time with my family and young daughter, running, and otherwise being in the outdoors as much as I can. I also love trying different cuisines from around the world and enjoying them over a meal with good friends.