About

I'm a first-year PhD student in CMU's Computer Science Department, co-advised by Stelian Coros and Keenan Crane. I'm mainly interested in computer graphics, particularly algorithmic problems in the field. I hope to be able to take mathematical insights from topology and geometry, and apply them to practical problems in graphics, particularly those involving some medium of artistic design or expression. In the past, I've done some work that draws upon the fields of theoretical computer science, programming languages, and networking.

Before coming to CMU, I did my undergrad at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where I majored in computer science with a minor in mathematics. There, I was fortunate to be able to work with Nate Foster and Bobby Kleinberg.

My work is currently supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Research

My current work is focused on algorithmic problems related to 3D fabrication.

I am currently studying ways to fabricate deployable and reconfigurable structures using 3D printing. Though most widely available 3D printers are only able to print using rigid plastic materials, motions become possible by introducing either hinges that provide rotational degrees of freedom, or telescoping shells that provide translational degrees of freedom. The design space of such structures is very large, but currently there exist no methods to create these objects outside of designing and assembling them manually. We are hoping to introduce new parameterizations for various types of these reconfigurable structures, and ultimately to create computational design tools to allow users to explore this design space.

Miscellanea

I like to draw, sometimes realistically, and more often stylistically.

I enjoy music, both listening and playing it. I play the trumpet, and have attempted to teach myself the piano. One time, I learned some things about computer music, and I made a few compositions.

Another time, some friends and I made a game with some nice graphics stuff in it.