Personal Biography

I was born in Spokane, Washington, and moved to Athens, Ohio at an early age. I grew up in Athens, where I eventually went to Ohio University for my undergraduate education (joining the Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity ). After completing my B.S. in Computer Science at Ohio, I attended Ball State University, where I completed a M.S. in Computer Science. I moved to San Diego, California, working at Primary Access (now, 3COM/Primary Access). After three years of living in Cardiff, I moved to Columbus Ohio, where I worked for Applied Innovation. In the fall of 1996, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I began attending the University of Michigan, pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After completing the Ph.D. in the Fall of 2001, I moved to Morristown, New Jersey where I worked at AT&T--Research in Florham Park, NJ (previously known as Bell Labs). I moved in August 2004 to State College, PA and joined the faculty at Penn State University where I stayed until 2022. I moved in the Fall of 2022 to Madison, WI and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have lived there ever since.


Most of the time, I like to hang out with my wife Megan and two sons, Emerson and Sinclair. Apart from that, I have a few hobbies including flying and working out. I also have an unnatural obsession with my car. Pictued on the right, it is a 40th Anniversary 911, which is number 308 (out of 1963 ever made). Of course, the temptation to misuse this kind of vehicle is something awful. If you are interested, I wrote a blog about racing at the Mid Ohio race track.

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