I grew up in Manhattan Beach,
California to a
family of four. My father was an engineer-turned-salesman, and my mother was a
graphic designer. Aside from school, I spent my early childhood becoming a
better master Lego builder, playing on warm sunny beaches, pretending to
operate my own “airline”, and producing amateur films with my friends.
I attended high school at Loyola High School, a very
special place in downtown Los Angeles. Loyola taught me to be a man for others,
a skill that has been invaluable throughout my life thus far. I developed my
passions during high school, which tended to blend technology and the arts. I
was a member of the Hannon Theatre Company, working my way from construction
crew member to lead sound designer. Of course I took Calculus and Physics, but
the one course that I fell in love with was Computer Science.
When it came time for college, I knew I wanted to get out of California and try
something different. After applying to more than a dozen schools, I decided to
attend Northeastern University in Boston.
Northeastern did not end up being exactly what I had hoped, so I decided to
make another radical change and transfer to Rice University
in Houston. I was a member of McMurtry College, the
best residential college on campus. I ended up majoring in Computer Science,
with some Electrical Engineering courses squeezed in between. I was lucky to
have two fantastic internships at Spiceworks in Austin
and Google in Pittsburgh.
I received a return offer from Google, and asked to relocate to San Francisco.
Having visited the city many times as a child, I had always dreamed of living
amongst its hallowed hills and eerie fog. I worked for five years in the
Google SF Office as a Software Engineer for Google Cloud Platform. I have since
moved on to Waymo to pursue my passions in the transportation space.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring new places: hiking in the wilderness, biking
around the Bay, skiing in the mountains, and flying myself in small airplanes.
Checking out the flightline at Placerville Airport, CA