life story


Life Story

I was born in Lloma Linda, California on August 15, 1978. I lived in Redlands, California until I was 9 years old, when my family moved to Tacoma, Washington. I lived in Tacoma until the end of high school. I went to college at Caltech, in Pasadena, California, and graduated in 1999 with a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry. I was a member of Ricketts house. After college I joined the Peace Corps, and moved to Malawi in eastern Africa for two years, where I worked as a secondary school math teacher. I lived in Fatima, a small village clustered near a roman catholic mission in Nsanje District. After finishing my peace corps service in August 2001, I moved to New York City for graduate school. I did my PhD in Mathematics at the Courant Institute at New York University, finishing in July 2007. During the time I lived in New York I met Janet; we got married in August 2007. After finishing my PhD we moved together to Lausanne, Switzerland. Our first child, Frederic, was born on June 5, 2009. In October, 2009, we moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I worked for 4 years as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Oregon. Our second child, Griffin, was born on June 27, 2011. In Fall of 2013 I accepted a faculty position at Oregon Tech - Wilsonville and began as an assistant professor of mathematics.