What brought you to Hood College?
Before coming to Hood, I lived in Maryland and wanted to remain in the area. The geographic location and the beautiful campus were the deciding factors.
What do you value most about your relationship with graduate students?
I value their commitment in pursuing an advanced degree while many of them have full-time jobs and young families. I also value their eagerness to learn and succeed.
What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching in the graduate school at Hood?
The interaction with my students. Most of them work in the field and bring their experience and expertise in the classroom. This creates a really vibrant and technologically current learning environment.
Describe your approach to teaching.
I like problem-based teaching because it allows students to develop problem solving skills and become independent learners.
What is/are your most memorable moment/s at Hood?
I find graduation ceremonies memorable because they highlight the accomplishments of our students. Beyond that, I have many memorable moments from working with students on research projects.
Describe your academic interests, research, professional interests or expertise.
My research interests span the range from algorithms and robotics to simulations and very large databases.
When you aren’t teaching, what are you doing in your spare time?
I work on my own research and I am an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Beyond that, I spend time with my family.
What are three books that you would recommend everyone read?
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and “Notes on the Synthesis of Form” by Christopher Alexander.