To improve lives by solving water-related challenges through research, mentoring, teaching, and community outreach
I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia. My research focus, and the focus of our group, led by Dr. Jonathan Goodall, is on hydroinformatics. In my mind, hydroinformatics is the intersection of computer science, data science, and water resources engineering. I love studying hydroinformatics because I am passionate about computer programming and about better understanding and addressing water resources challenges.
I completed my BS and MS degrees at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. With Dr. Dan Ames as my adviser, I worked on research centered on data standards during my MS degree. As a Ph.D. student, my focus has been on emerging datasets (i.e., citizen science and crowd-sourced), models (i.e., machine learning models), and approaches (i.e., active stormwater systems) to address water resources challenges, especially coastal, urban flooding.
I really enjoy academia – the opportunities to learn and teach are awesome. That said, the prime environment for my learning and teaching has been with my family.