When I was studying engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, I had an opportunity to design the interface for a project with a friend. It was my first taste of UX, and I loved it. Thinking about how someone might use it, what they need to see, and how it all fits together scratched an itch that I didn't know I had, and it completely changed my career path. I transferred schools and earned my degree in Web Design at the University of Central Florida, where I learned the ropes of user research in a course on user-centered design.

In high school, I was part of a four-year visual design program, so, in a way, I've come full circle back to my design roots.

Selfie in front of purple flowers at Mead Botanical Gardens.
I loved visiting the Mead Botanical Gardens when I lived near Orlando.

Prior to my move to Orlando to finish my degree, I spent four years hosting the largest fighting game tournaments on Florida's Space Coast. During that time, I fostered the growth of a vibrant community of players and experimented with different bracket formats to ensure that players of all skill levels could show up and have a good time.

In my free time, I enjoy casual cycling, hiking, and looking for wildflowers. I also enjoy tinkering with computer hardware and contribute on-and-off to research projects through BOINC.

Group photo of me and the friends that helped me run the tournaments.
I wouldn't have lasted four years without these guys.