About Me

I grew up in a small town in the great state of New Jersey, where I ate a lot of pork roll (and no Taylor ham). I then went to the University of Michigan for my BS in Honors Mathematics, and stuck around for my MS too. While there, I took the honors math sequence (class number 41), where I made some of my best friends at the expense of most of my sleep and some of my sanity. At the expense of more of those two things, I spent two years with the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, and was Operations Director for a little more than half that time. As a part of the team, I raced 1800 miles across America in a really big truck.

After my time at Michigan I spent a year in Arlington, Virginia as a Quantitative Trader in the energy markets. I then hitched a ride back to the Midwest to start my PhD at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where I am now.

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Academic Interests

I love to study geometric problems with algebraic and combinatorial flair. If you're working on a geometry problem where you notice a lot of symmetries and relations that can be described algebraically, I probably want to hear about it.

Otherwise, I have a passing interest in algebraic number theory, modular forms, and the underlying geometry, though the interest slightly outpaces my mathematical maturity.

I've been programming for the better part of a decade (C++, Python, R, MySQL, PHP, Java, etc.) and have a dozen pet projects that I've never quite finished. If you know of a more interesting project let me know.

Other Interests

I love playing board games and am always looking for a group. The list of games I play regularly is ever growing, but includes Terra Mystica, Terraforming Mars, 7 Wonders, GAIA Project, and Chess. It is worth noting that I'm not particularly good at any of these.

I like to talk about meal replacements more than I should, and am very opinionated. If you see me in person, feel free to ask me to compare and contrast v2.1 and v2.0 of Soylent.

I'm a big fan of having a scheduled capsule wardrobe. If I only see you 1 day of the week and it looks like I always wear the same outfit, it's because I am.

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Fun People

Michael Rosenberg is a PhD student at UMD who specializes in cryptography and rust evangelism.

Wenyu Jin is a PhD student at UIC who likes computers. He also used to be my grader.