I am currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Centre College. I performed my graduate studies in the Computer Science Department at Northwestern University, where I was a member of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling.
My research interests span a variety of topics, including agent-based modeling and multi-agent systems, evolutionary computation, dynamic processes on networks, emergence in complex systems, and computer science education. While investigating these topics, I have been involved in application areas from archeology to zoology, from linguistics to marketing, and from urban growth patterns to materials science.
I am equally dedicated to teaching, which I have loved since high school where I convinced the teachers to let me teach a course on computer programming to several other students. I recently worked with my thesis advisor, Dr. Uri Wilensky, on a grant-funded project to develop an undergraduate course on agent-based modeling. I have also written papers about the design of an introductory computer science curriculum with a multi-agent systems theme.
In short, I enjoy interdisciplinary challenges and aspire to be a renaissance scientist, teacher, and researcher.