Distributed Ledger Technology Consultant

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Welcome! Wilkommen! 歡迎! Bienvenue!

Currently, I am a distributed ledger technology researcher. I advise or am integrated with various teams on multiple projects in the blockchain space. I provide technical expertise in a wide range of areas within this field: economic incentive of tokens, i.e. game theory design; security and consensus protocols; cryptographic schemes; business logic; and much more.

Previously, I was an IBM Center of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in High Performance Computing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I worked with experts in various scientific disciplines to optimize computer code for GPGPU usage and prepare their applications for the new supercomputer SUMMIT, a machine with the OPENPOWER architecture (IBM chipset technology) with nVidia's video cards. Before my position with IBM, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (located on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto) attending the Thematic Program on Computer Algebra.

Prior to my time at Fields, I was a Simons-Berkeley Fellow participating in the program Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry.

My research interests vary widely but some topics include: numerical algebraic geometry, applied mathematics, algorithmic development, software design, big data, machine learning, and complexity theory.

In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Colorado State University under the supervision of Professor Daniel J. Bates. My dissertation was mainly on applications and algorithms in numerical algebraic geometry.

Immediately following my successful Ph.D. defense, I was invited to spend two months during the Summer of 2014 in Daejeon, Korea as a Junior Visiting Scientist in the 2014 Thematic Program on Applied Algebraic Geometry held at the Center for Applied Mathematical Principles (CAMP) located in Korea's premier mathematical research institute, The National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS). This program was a prelude to the 2015 SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry which was a satellite conference of the 2014 International Conference of Mathematicians.

Prior to my graduate studies, I was in the inaugral class of Presidential Scholars at Eastern Illinois University. In 2008, I earned two degrees, one B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. As an undergraduate, I did research in a topic related to coding theory with Professor Andrew Mertz and another project in physics with Professor Donald Pakey. I even spent two months in 2010 in an REU program at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) researching elliptic curve cryptography with Professor Joshua Holden.

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