B.S. Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Wyoming,
B.S. Computer Engineering, Univ. of Wyoming, 2011
I study analog signal processing and optics as they apply to a bio-inspired machine vision sensor based on the vision system of the common housefly.
I did three years of undergraduate research at UW in the NSF-EPSCoR program and transitioning into grad school on the same project (with the jump-start program as well) was too great an opportunity to pass up. The exceptional faculty I work with kept me attracted to UW too.
I'm currently a NSF GK12 EE-Nanotechnology Fellow in my second year of funding. I want to continue my education and complete a PhD in order to gain a professorship. I feel that, in order to more completely benefit my future students, I need to work in industry after completing my education. The real-world experience would bring a powerful element to the classroom.
Time management is key. Devote yourself to your studies and academic work, but then equally devote your time and energies to personal pursuits. In the words of Mark Twain, "[d]on't let schooling interfere with your education." Be happy with who you are. If you're not happy about it, change it. You're the only person that can do that.