1. Why did you decide to study and teach Computer Science?
I have three answers to this question, formal, personal, and ambitious. Here is the formal one: Computer Science is an interdisciplinary field that bridges several fields and has been, and will increase in the future, a core part of everyone’s life. I wanted to be a person that contributes to helping future generations to be prepared for this vital subject matter. Interested in the other two? TCNJ students may ask me in person.
2. What have been your favorite classes that you have taught while at TCNJ?
I am enjoying teaching all courses so far. My favorite has yet to come.
3. What is your favorite part about your job?
I like that I can research things that I am interested in.
4. What specific research topic/project are you most excited about this semester?
I am currently studying human individual and group motion and behavior in a variety of environmental configurations. Those who are interested in learning more details, please visit https://project-nucleum.github.io.
5. What was your dream job as a child?
A scientist, broadly defined, (which) includes natural science.
6. What are your favorite places to eat in or around campus?
7. What is your favorite non-academic book, movie, or tv show?
I don’t watch TV much other than news and sports (cut the cable!). I see movies, but only sometimes, thus no favorite. Reading is a work for me rather than a hobby, so I only read academic materials these days. I read classics, but that ended after graduating high school. I read comic books during my free time—no particular favorite.
8. What advice would you give to first-year students?
For TCNJ CS major first-year students: Enjoy your first year at the College. However, make sure to put certain academic coursework as your top priority. Namely, pass CSC 220, 230, 270, and MAT 127 (+ MAT 120 if needed) during your first year on your first try. That will set your remaining college life (to) easy mode.
9. What is your favorite place on campus?