About Me

Some of this information may also be found on my primary academic page.

I recently completed my Phd in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania: my thesis defense was on 6/30/2017 which evolved ideas from my proposal on 12/1/2016 — you can find my dissertation here. I also recently completed the Master’s degree in Statistics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I now work as a Research Scientist in the Information Sciences Division of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD. My doctoral work was under the supervision of Alejandro Ribeiro in the area of statistical signal processing, in particular distributed online and stochastic optimization. My current projects are about developing stochastic optimization methods for both statistical and reinforcement learning. Generally, I am interest in research questions on learning theory that bridge the gap between theoretically justified and practically useful.

I am a participant in the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. My sponsoring facility is the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computation and Information Sciences Directorate, where I collaborate with Brian Sadler, Ethan Stump, and Jon Fink.

Before graduate school, I had some wonderful research experiences at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory with Alma Wickenden and William Nothwang, and as an undergraduate in the Mathematics Department at Washington University  in St. Louis (WashU) under the guidance of Renato Feres. I completed both my BS and MS at WashU in Mathematics/Systems Science and Mathematics, respectively, in 2011 and 2012.