I am a nerd and I have always been a nerd. I grew up messing with computers, mostly just playing video games though, nothing productive of course. I dabbled with Linux here and there but I never really did much practical work on the computer. Finally when I went to High School at the North Carolina School of Science and Math (where I met some amazing people, like this guy), I got the chance to take some programming classes and I was hooked.
I wasn't completely sold on Computer Science as a career field though - I still really liked physics, and Engineering sounded very appealing - so when I went on to the Rose-Hulman Institure of Technology (RHIT) for undergrad, I decided to split the difference and pursue a Computer Engineering major. This was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made, because it exposed me to DSP, Communications, and Software-Defined Radio. The whole field seemed like a perfect combination of Math, Physics, and Computer Science, and I couldn't get enough of it.
After graduating from RHIT in the Spring of 2011 I took a job with n~ask, a small defense contractor that specializes in DSP work, and I've been there ever since. I have also just completed a Masters of Electrical Engineering at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (VT NVC), I will be graduating in the Spring of 2015.
In my free time I do a number of different things. At some point during undergrad I decided that a sedentary lifestyle was a bad idea and I should try to be at least a little bit active, so I got into running. I've been running pretty consistently ever since and I've run in several races, including a few Half Marathons (not a full yet, but someday!). I never really stopped playing video games either. These days I've gotten really into Kerbal Space Program, to the point that it's pretty much all I play, but every once in a while I'll play something else with college buddies, as a way to catch up.
And I also like to work on side projects just for fun. I created this site as a way of showcasing these projects. Unfortunately, in recent years, I haven't had much time for these projects - it's just too hard to fit them in between work, school, and running. Hopefully as school wraps up I'll be able to start working off my list of project ideas again in earnest.
Oh, and if you're interested, here's a resume.