I'm working on a MS in Forest Science with Professor Craig Lorimer. My research focuses on methods of building individual-tree models of forest stands that are in some sense "good". A model that is "good" is one that is statistically sound at all testable levels of operation, and also one that is computationally efficient.
I work at the Forest Products Lab with a research group studying Service Life Prediction problems using instrumented outdoor exposure. I design hardware for digital measurement systems, write the software to make these systems work, and write analysis software to use on the data gathered by these systems. Currently we're looking at building sealants, but we plan to use the methodology we develop to look at paints and finishes in the future.
I also manage the website for the Department of Forest Ecology and Management.
Lastly, I do a bit of consulting work.
In addition to a few other little projects, in what free time I can find, I also like to take my kids to the zoo :-).
I finished my undergraduate degrees in May of 2003. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering with a second major in Computer Science. Much of my undergraduate work focused on VLSI systems design, with a bit of OS design and language design as well.
I graduated with honors from Webb High school in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. In High School, most people thought that I would be going into Music in some way, because that was almost all I did. I can play any instrument with a single reed; my principal is clarinet. I just couldn't convince myself that I was good enough at that to ever really be able to feed myself, however.
My family moved to Reedsburg at the end of my 8th grade year, and we liked it a lot. It was smaller than the town that we had come from, and much friendlier.
I grew up in a little town called Horseheads, in the state of New York. Not anywhere near the city, and no, I was never in a gang (for some reason I was asked this a lot after we moved).
Most of the teachers that I had back in elementary school were not of the highest caliber. They took my boredom for stupidity, and I was placed in remedial classes almost until we moved. Thanks to that, I still cannot add in my head.
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