When I was little, I couldn't tell you what my favorite subject was, because I loved all of them. I excelled in math, read voraciously, wrote stories, studied history, built robots. When it came time to choose a major in college, I had a hard time settling on an area of study, bouncing between engineering, accounting, philosophy, and computer science without really finding my passion. It wasn't until I took an in-depth course in linear algebra with a professor that encouraged me that I realized what I wanted to study: mathematics. I quickly became enthralled with analysis and geometry - I consider myself a visual learner, and being able to transform words and symbols into shapes and lines was fascinating.
In my senior year, I began to look at graduate schools, and Washington State University seemed like a great fit. I reached out to Dr. Vixie to see if he was taking on any new students. He replied with what seemed like a novel of an email, listing five different textbooks I should read, and asking for my feedback on several papers. I responded with enthusiasm and have been working with Dr. Vixie ever since. In May of 2018, I received my Bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine and drove across the country, partner and cat in tow, to attend WSU for my PhD.
Having passed my Graduate Qualifying Exam in January of 2019, I now focus my studies on measure theory, statistical learning theory, and information processing. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in industry that enables me to continue learning and developing my mathematical and computing skills.