A mission-oriented engineer looking for a meaningful mission.
Learning and problem solving are my passions, and my job. Software engineering is the craft I am dedicated to. I thrive in environments that cultivate peer education and a growth mindset.
My days revolve around engineering, learning, teaching, and maintaining→improving my wetware (i.e. physical and mental health). Daily effort in these pursuits gives me a base sense of purpose, and seeing steady improvements keep me optimistic and inspired.
Recently, I decided I want to work on only the most important problems. This resolution goes beyond maintaining a "base sense of purpose". It is a desire to contribute to a better future. I believe the best future heavily depends on solutions in the following areas.
- Smarter Cities
- Public Health/Safety
- Human Longevity
- Environmental Rejuvenation
- Augmented/Virtual Reality
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
I'm in a transitional period of filling knowledge gaps so that I can better contribute to high-impact engineering problems in those areas. I'm currently focused on deepening my understanding of core areas in computer science and software engineering.
My ongoing professional experience is in building frontend UIs and backend APIs for consumer web/mobile applications, but I'm committed to cultivating my knowledge and skillset towards the following areas.
- Distributed Systems
- Embedded Systems
- Machine Learning
I'd like to begin contributing to those "important problems" with my current skillset as a consumer application engineer. As my abilities grow towards the above fields, I hope to transition my focus there. I'm especially interested to work on integrated suites of software and hardware products that require close collaboration between software and hardware teams.
If you have thoughts about how I might best accomplish the above, please contact me after reading my FAQ.
- I've enjoyed exploring many physical disciplines: bodybuilding, powerlifting, gymnastics, acrobatics, climbing, kickboxing, and submission grappling. Consistently having a physical pursuit has taught me lifelong lessons and given me a community wherever I go.
- I draw much inspiration from the history of computation and its pioneers. From the post-WWII architects of the first digital computers, to the original UNIX hackers, and on through the cypherpunks and game developers of the 1990s.
- I spent much of my early 20s intentionally living out of vehicles and couchsurfing. I was so excited to explore the world. I was so fascinated with alternative lifestyles and perspectives. I moved around a lot, worked all sorts of jobs, and made friends of all types.
- Aside from the US, I've lived in Thailand, Portugal, Indonesia, Poland, Mexico, and New Zealand. By "lived in" I mean 1-6 months per country. Germany, Italy, and the UK, are places I've spent shorter spans. In the future, I'd like to explore Argentina, Chile, Japan, and most Nordic countries.
- I thrive in cool, cloudy, and rainy climates. I do not enjoy hot, sunny weather. I'm also most energized in the early morning and late evenings. Some might call me a nyctophiliac.
- Random, but I also like the word lycanthope. Though I am under no delusions of being a shapeshifter. But how cool would it be! 🐺
- I'm one of those strange people that find spooky things comforting. I can't really explain it other than a childhood of falling asleep to X-Files reruns. One of my favorite ways to relax is watching horror movies, and my insomnia curative of choice is spooky podcasts.
- I love science fiction and fantasy. In particular, I'm a huge cyberpunk geek. See my recommendations list.