I'm an Arizona native who a few years ago said F*$k it to my job as a software engineer at a major defense contractor in Scottsdale and decided to try something new. Tired with the life of a mid-level corporate drone, I figured I either needed to travel around the world or go to grad school.
So here I am, currently in my fourth year of a PhD at Arizona State University. About the same time I started back at school, I also decided to buy and begin to eternally fix up a 20 year old Jeep Wrangler. Both of which I genuinely love... much of the time. I've still managed to find the time and resources to do some traveling - backpacking in East Europe (I gave a talk on economics and democracy in Poland), road tripping down the Baja, and of course various casual trips around the US.
I can be a pretty passionate nerd about economics, math, history, and politics (as well as gunsmithing, robotics, jeep mechanics, physics, and such) all of which I enjoy talking about, especially over scotch and cigars.
I've become a pretty avid bicyclist, I have a nice old road bike and barely seem to drive anymore.