I grew up in California, and have spread my adult life between there, Oregon, and Washington. I'm currently attending OSU as a graduate student, where I am hoping to obtain my MS in Biological and Ecological Engineering before the start of 2015.
I'm very passionate about experiencing the outdoors; I used to be an avid hiker, backpacker, and mountaineer. I also worked with several positions which involved engaging with and monitoring wildlife. Simply heading into the wilderness and observing nature doing its thing is rewarding for me.
In contrast to my outdoorsiness, I am a computer nerd. I'm proficient in a number of programming languages and am always looking to improve my software programming skills. I see it as a form of art which requires a unique form of creativity. Don't worry, I won't bore you with computer geek speak; I turn it off when interacting with normal people :).
I bicycle everywhere and up until recently didn't even own a car. I feel fortunate to live in a place that is so bike friendly, but I still like having a car to get out of town.
I have a few hobbies as well that typically revolve around learning something new and fun. One of my recent projects involved building a fully functional 3D printer, where I taught myself some soldering and electrical stuff.