Biography

I grew up in Buffalo, NY and am very close with my family. Although I loved math and was introduced to computer science, I did not have much understanding of the physical sciences. However, I always loved looking at the stars with my grandfather thinking about the biggest questions I could imagine.

In 2017, I attended Cornell University where I eventually received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Here, I followed my interests in space exploration where I worked on a solar powered lunar satellite before finding my interest studying intelligence which led me to research on wireless in vivo neural recording and analog computing with optical metamaterials.

In 2020, I began a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I first tried my hand in biochemistry and drug delivery systems (during the COVID-19 pandemic) and then electronic device fabrication before settling into my current work studying intelligence. I am grateful to my past advisors, teachers, and mentors for giving me the opportunities to explore my many interests and find my way.

I enjoy considering various fields' perspectives while using theoretical (e.g. information & control), computational, and experimental tools. I am very passionate about teaching as well as promoting science education and dissemination. My work is driven by both scientific curiosity and a hope to aid the conscious experience. I love to explore nature, play sports, eat, and have diverse conversations in my free time. I have also enjoyed recently starting to learn piano and Spanish.

Please see my CV below (updated January 2024) and please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, thoughts, or opportunities.

Career Goals

I aim to have a career in which I am able to (1) contribute to the fundamental research of neural networks and AI safety -- especially safety related to AGI, (2) contribute to the legislation of safe and fair A(G)I, and (3) teach these fields to others. I look to work in all three areas by the end of my career.

Curriculum Vitae

CV.pdf