I am finishing up my senior year of undergraduate school at CWRU, where I am doing two senior projects. One project is on the use of a force plate to measure the posture and response of people to various stimuli for psychological studies, and the other project is to study the effects of radiation on a nanoscale semiconductor devices. My goal now is to go to graduate school to study nuclear engineering, where I hope to participate in some of the exciting advances in nuclear science and technology.
I have always had an interest in the physical sciences and mathematics, and physics in particular appealed to me due to its broad applications and elegant integration of mathematics. The prospect of sustained nuclear fusion power has been a particular interest of mine; someday I would like to work on that. I also gained a better understanding for computers as I learned VB6, C++ and Java programming languages and helped to create an ACM chapter in high school. My favorite programming language is probably C++ due to its low-level nature, high performance and stability. As an ACM member, I helped people fix computer problems and competed in programming contests. I built my first computer in March of 2008, which was a high-end gaming computer. Since then, I have built several other computers for others, and I manage a personal server running Fedora Linux. This gives me the opportunity to tinker with hardware and set up Linux services that can help me in my daily activities.
The programming experience that I gained during high school taught me valuable skills in problem-solving and debugging, and broadened my interest in computers. Writing software that does interesting things, exploring new technologies and optimizing a program can be fun, but I do not see myself working solely on software, which is why I would rather apply my computing abilities to solve other engineering problems. My interest in physics then led me to the Engineering Physics major at CWRU with a focus on electrical engineering. By the end of my third year, I had mostly finished the physics portion of the degree, so I spent my fourth year completing an Electrical Engineering major. I also made sure to integrate mathematics and computing into my time at Case, doing all of my assignments on the computer, for instance.
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, playing games and going outside. My favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, and I enjoy watching Jackson's renditions of Tolkien's work. Some activities that I enjoy outside include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing and tennis. Shown in the picture below is me (in the red helmet) white-water rafting on the Merced River just outside the Yosemite Valley.