I grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa and went on to attend Simpson College. There, I studied math, computer science, and history, along with playing on the tennis team and being involved in Greek Life. I just finished my 3rd year in the Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AMCS) PhD program at the University of Iowa.

Though I am also pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, I see myself as a mathematician first and a programmer second – I enjoy writing programs that are mathematically driven. My research background is in machine learning and numerical analysis, which has led to applications in educational measurement. At the university, most of my work focuses on using neural networks to estimate parameters in Item Response Theory.

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, disc golf, basketball, board games, video games, running, and biking. I got engaged last summer, and my fiancée and I hope to hold our planned ceremony and reception in Des Moines. Even if the pandemic only allows us to include close family members, we plan to get married in October.