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. I have lived there ever since.


Most of the time, I like to hang out with my wife Megan and two sons. We maintain a website with a huge number of family photos. The website is website (password required).

While my job does not offer much time for non-work activities, I like to work on my home and yard. I also write as much as time and inspiration will allow (admittedly, I write about topics so technical and obscure that no sane person would ever want to read it; oddly, this does not diminish the experience). I have the ubiquitous Links page that contains a number of links to interests related to my professional and personal life.

Although I am not as fit as I used to be, working out is pretty important to me. I am an avid runner. Sadly, I had to retire from competition recently because of nagging foot and knee injuries. I still try to get in at least 10-15 miles a week for sanity. I am also a sometime yoga student. I like to climb (non-technical) mountains for fun. Being the sole provider of a family of four has reduced the amount of time I spend at altitude, and curtailed the more dangerous outdoor experiences I used to enjoy.

I also have an unnatural obsession with my car, a 2003. 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.

I follow college sports closely. As an alumnus of Ohio University and the Univeristy of Michgan, I live and die with the fortunes of the Bobcats and Wolverines. More recently I have become a huge fan of Nittany Lions, particularly when it comes to football.