As I was growing up, I never really expected I’d grow into the role of a mathematician. In fact, I expected to become an artist of some sort – perhaps a painter or a sculptor or something along those lines. And yet, as Providence would have it, I ended up going to Indiana University (Bloomington) for my undergraduate degree with the declared major of Chemistry. After a semester or two of that, I began to enjoy my Calculus classes quite a bit more than my Chemistry classes. At the same time, I started to feel drawn back towards formal training in the visual arts. So, during my sophomore year, I switched into a “double degree” program, pursuing a BS in Math and a BA in Studio Art. In the end, I also obtained a minor in Art History.
As graduation loomed, I needed to decide where to go next. Would I pursue further artistic training? Would I go do grad school for mathematics? Would I try to get a job? After a period of indecision, I prayerfully decided to apply to graduate school in order to pursue a PhD in Math. The University of Cincinnati gave me a good offer, so I accepted it and moved back to my hometown to start the program in the Fall of 2004. Five years later, I had my doctorate. My advisor was Professor David A. Herron, and the title of my dissertation was “Bilipschitz Homogeneity and Jordan Curves.”
Now I am making a living by teaching math and trying to discover new math in the field of Geometric Function Theory as an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. See my Teaching and Research pages for more info.