Undergraduate Advisor for the Computer Science Department
My Offices: PM 460 (Academic Advising
PM 471 (Instructor Office)
Phone Numbers: 815-753-0378 (CS Office)
For academic advising, it's best to call the CS office and set up an appointment.
For CSCI course: CSCI 241-0003 (Spring 2018)
TuTh: 8:30am - 9:30am & 11am - 12pm
I am one example
from many people who have made their fair share of mistakes in life but that ultimately, did not doom them. I began at NIU as a transfer student from Joliet Junior College (where I was originally studying to be a math major!) in Fall 2008. After one such mistake that set me back a full academic year, I finally got my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science (Computational Emphasis
) in May 2012. I immediately went into the Grad School here and received my Master's of Science in Computer Science (Enterprise Computing and Database Concentrations
) in August 2014. I then started teaching courses in this department weeks later and am now the Undergraduate Advisor a year later. The moral of this short story is: if I hadn't tripped up — and more importantly, kept trying and risking making a brand new mistake — I wouldn't have found myself at the right place at the right time to have these opportunities. Failing a class doesn't make you a failure and making mistakes doesn't set a precedence for the rest of your life.
What got me interested in being an Instructor started out with being a Teaching Assistant in this department. I've TA'ed for seven courses as a student and discovered a tremendous joy in assisting others with understanding those class materials. As it turns out, I thoroughly enjoy helping others succeed.
In my spare time, I like to go biking, programming and math... -ing. My research interests are limited to what was almost my Master's Thesis project, which was an exploration into possibly quantum safe
symmetric encryption algorithms. I'm currently searching for an efficient algorithm for doing multiplication with arbitrarily large (1,000++ digit) numbers. For example, this
, which took just about six minutes when calculated. I also enjoy crochet, if only because I can finally make a beanie large enough to fit my enormous-sized head.
The last thing you should know about me is that I love
to sing, specifically choral singing. I'm a first tenor in NIU's University Choir
, which is an open-choir group that any student can join. Experience singing or with music in general is a plus but not required. As someone who knew only the basics of reading sheet music and nothing of how to project your voice, both the Conductor, Dr. Eric Johnson, and the other members are hugely helpful and supportive. I would strongly recommend anyone who has time in their schedule (Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in the Music building) to give it a try.