Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a pretty easy-going guy. I think it's worth taking the time to
relax and enjoy simple things in everyday life and to recognize
beauty wherever it may be. I also believe in living life to the
fullest and doing what makes you happy (while keeping in mind
responsibilities and longer-term goals: a delicate balance for
I live in downtown Baltimore but the outdoors are still a large
part of my life. I bike commute every workday and try to escape the
city for longer rides or backpacking trips as often as
I've noticed a couple profiles where people list some of their
recent activities in-lieu of a detailed personal description: an
idea which I will now copy shamelessly.
-Hiked all of the Appalachian Trail through Maryland in one day
(the Maryland Challenge)
-Went white water rafting in West Virginia
-Ran the NCR trail marathon
-Did a century ride around the lower Eastern Shore to help a friend
train for the ironman
-Went shooting/played golf with my dad
-Introduced a good friend and hiking-companion to backpacking with
a short trip
-Hiked the final stretch of the Appalachian Trail (Maine's 100 mile
wilderness) with a close friend who was finishing his
-Bagged a couple peaks in the Northern Cascades with a friend and
colleague while we were out in the area for a research conference
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I grew up near the ocean in a rural portion of the Eastern Shore of
Maryland (I love visiting home), majored in chemical engineering
for undergrad at UMBC, biked cross-country the summer after
graduating, and am currently a Ph.D student in the biomedical
engineering department at Johns Hopkins University. My research
involves computational protein structure prediction and design as
they pertain to biomineralization. Why did I fill this out like a
fellowship application??? I'm a nerd, I write computer code and try
to make sense of beautiful protein structures all day: and I
wouldn't have it any other way!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Not sure I would necessarily say "I'm really good at" these things
but I do enjoy them:
road biking, mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, running, golf,
programming, building computers, video games
I do, however, claim to be a master when it comes to these things
being a TA for thermodynamics, devising incredibly hacky solutions
to circumvent code development hurdles in C++, debugging Python
code written by freshmen engineering students, making pretty
pictures of molecules, quoting Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of
The first things people usually notice about me
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My passion for science and my persistent attempts to explain the
world around me using it. Also, that I love biking and being
outside in general. I've also been told that I react to some things
with rather extreme facial expressions.
Somewhat relevant side-note: I've been told I can grow a pretty
mean beard (see above pictures). It definitely has the advantage of
added warmth for outdoor winter activities; however, if I was in a
relationship the beard would be negotiable.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Desert Solitaire, LOTR, the Hobbit, Dune, A Walk in the
Movies: Star Trek (Wrath of Khan, Undiscovered Country, First
Contact), The Boondock Saints, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring, Last
of the Mohicans, Four Lions, Snatch
Shows: Star Trek (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine), Stargate
(SG-1, Atlantis), Firefly, How I Met Your Mother, Gurren Lagann,
Music: Coheed and Cambria, Coldplay, Explosions in the Sky, U2,
classic rock, remixes of classic video game music!
Food: homemade lasagna, pecan pie, cashew chicken, Maryland blue
crabs with Yuengling, Berger cookies, Spaghettios
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
my road bike, my mountain bike, my backpacking gear, my computer,
my science texts, nutella (note: I interpreted "thing" to mean
"inanimate object" in this context; my family, friends, and cat
would supersede these objects if the context were broadened to
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The beauty and complexity of nature, at all length and time scales,
also fond memories of adventures and good times spent with friends
and family. On the less meaningful side of things: food, how to
maximize my time spent outside today, and where the heck that darn
memory leak in my code is...
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Staying in with good friends and drinking Nattie Boh while watching
movies or playing video games (Friday is officially known as "Nerd
Night" in my apartment), or playing Dungeons and Dragons, or
possibly camped out under the stars somewhere in the woods (or on a
beach, or a mountaintop), and occasionally still in lab coding
whilst blasting remixes of classic video game music.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have been personally boycotting Subway (the restaurant) for the
past four years and plan on doing so for the rest of my life. I'd
be happy to tell you the story (and hopefully rally another
potential customer to my cause!)
OK, that was more of an interesting fact than a "private thing." I
already admitted that I play DnD, what more do you want?
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
-You are looking for someone to check out interesting places in
-You are looking for someone to explore interesting outdoor
locations in Maryland with
-You are interested in sharing cycling, backpacking, or day hiking
routes in Maryland (or if you are just getting started and need
-You would have use for a chaotic/good wood-elf ranger specializing
in archery in your DnD group
-You also hate Subway (the restaurant)
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