Hey, everyone! Thanks for your interest. Here’s a bit about my past as well as my quotes and interviews.
I was born in Michigan, raised in Florida near Cape Canaveral, went to university in Michigan, worked briefly in the Washington DC area, and then moved back to Michigan. I currently reside in the mid-Michigan area and will likely stay here. I am married with a toddler, who constantly delights me with his constant development. I enjoy walking along the various trails in the area and doing as many escape rooms as I can.
At university, Central Michigan University, I started with a simple major in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence. I stayed for graduate school, also in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence. There were no concentrations at that time. Contrary to popular advice, I stayed even longer to add two minors (philosophy and psychology) and another major (cognitive science) to my undergraduate degree. This is one of the smarter things I have done. I was then accepted to Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium for a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Artificial Intelligence. I turned it down, which is one of the dumbest things I have done.
I then worked for a multinational consulting firm for over a decade, both in the DC area as well as in Michigan. We parted ways during the COVID-19 pandemic and I took a short-term contract with a UK publishing firm. I left to start my own business and I have been working on the Cross Trained Mind ever since.
I have had some interesting and unique life experiences, including an 8000-mile cross country road trip with two teenagers while I turned 30, multiple backpacking trips to the American Rockies, a solo trip to Europe, directing traffic for a shuttle launch while on vacation, and earning 30 college credits during high school. I greatly enjoy helping others plan their college career in any field as well as general mentorship.
My main area of focus is on artificial intelligence, to no one’s surprise, where I fight to stay a generalist. I fully feel there is room for generalists, specialists, and everything in between in every field. I look forward to helping the next generation of AI enthusiasts navigate the plethora of educational offerings online and off.
Quoted in AI Time Journal for articles on AI governance (2nd article here)