I thrive learning new things. As an up and coming graduate from Westmont College ('15), I am eager to see where I can play a role. I have a passion for thinking about hard problems and the occasional philosophical issue. As a rising developer, I consider myself a jack of all trades. I have experience as a Ruby/Rails developer, UX/UI designer, and Linux systems administrator. I am currently pursuing a certification as a Cisco (or Juniper) network engineer.
My introduction to Computer Science class was an initiation to the Racket programming language (a dialect of Lisp). It was here where I learned the fundamentals of abstraction and the process of critical thinking in the context of computer programming. The goal of this project was to create a visual implementation of "critters" that would roam around a map and swarm together with neighbors who they would come in close proximity to. Later iterations included different species of critters who would only swarm with their fellow species.
In Artificial Intelligence we created and tested a language-generating n-gram model using the New King James Bible as a word-corpus. What resulted, was a program that can put together semi-intelligent sentences. This implementation is meant to challenge the ideas of "true intelligence" and to emphasis that programs can be very good at mimicking human intelligence.
A semester-long project in Artificial Intelligence involved building and further sophisticating an "Agent" that would be placed in a grided envirnoment and learn from its surroundings. The Agent's goal was to locate and eat cheese. A bonus would be to have the agent pick up money on its adventure for food, but be careful! The Agent has a limited amount of energy.
Westmont College is a Christian institute for the liberal arts. Why study computer science at a Christian liberal arts school? Here's a great read by Henry Walker and Charles Keelmen that examines the impact that young graduates from institutes like Westmont have on the world and why it is important. What I value most out of my education from Westmont is the fearlessness to tackle any problem set in front of me. I have been deeply moved and challenged by the Westmont tradition and I believe it has played a major role in my development as a young problem-solver.