My research interests include bioinformatics, computer science education, artificial intelligence (natural language processing), android app development, java development and competitive programming. My personal interests include Philadelphia Pro sports teams, Union College Hockey, Magic the Gathering, and QuizUp.

Degree | Program | University |
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Ph.D. | Computer Science | RPI |

B.S. | Computer Science | Moravian College |

## My Siena Experience

### My Teaching Philosophy

My feeling, with regards to programming, is that students learn through practice and repetition. It may seem that lectures of mine may look like homework assignments (but just in class), but they are just a launching point for the learning process. Work outside of class makes the skills come faster, and makes my job (and ultimately, the students' job) much easier.

### What I Love About Siena

The great relationships I have with my colleagues and students.

### My Favorite Courses to Teach

My two favorite courses to teach are CSIS-225: Object-Oriented Design and Programming, and CSIS-019: Computer Science in Film.

## My Professional Experience

Year | Title | Organization |
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2004 - 2004 | Adjunct, Computer Science | ITT Technical Institute |

2004 - Now | Assistant Prof., Computer Science | Siena College |

2003 - 2004 | Consultant, Computer Science | Self-employed |

1996 - 2003 | Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Computer Science | RPI |

### Articles & Book Reviews

- Come code with codester: an educational APP that teaches computer science to K-6 students

Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, vol. 29

2014 - 10 Weeks 'Till TREC

NYCWiC 2013

April, 2013 - Siena's Twitter Information Retrieval System: The 2012 Microblog Track

The Twenty-First Annual Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings

November, 2012 - Lights...Camera...Computer Science: Using Films to Introduce Computer Science to Non-Majors

Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges

2008 - Taking Students Out for a Ride: Using a Boardgame to Teach Graph Theory

SIGCSE, vol. 39

March, 2007 - A Ruby in the Rough: Using VHLLs in Bioinformatics

Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges

2006 - Discovering Optimization Algorithms Through Automated Learning

Graphs and Discovery: DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, vol. 69

2005 - A Learning Algorithm for the Longest Common Subsequence Problem

Journal of Experimental Algorithmics

2003

### Awards & Distinctions

- Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2011 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2011 - Upsilon Pi Epsilon

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon, 2011 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2010 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2010 - Upsilon Pi Epsilon

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon, 2010 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2009 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2009 - Upsilon Pi Epsilon

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon, 2009 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2008 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2008 - Upsilon Pi Epsilon

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon, 2008 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2007 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2007 - Upsilon Pi Epsilon

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon, 2007 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2006 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2006 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2005 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2005 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2004 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2004 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2003 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2003 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2002 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2002 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2001 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2001 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 2000 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 2000 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1999 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1999 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1998 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1998 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1997 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1997 - NSF Minority Fellow

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NSF Minority Fellow, 1996 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1996 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1996 - NSF Minority Fellow

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NSF Minority Fellow, 1995 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1995 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1995 - NSF Minority Fellow

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NSF Minority Fellow, 1994 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1994 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1994 - NSF Minority Fellow

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NSF Minority Fellow, 1993 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1993 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1993 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1992 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1992 - Omicron Delta Kappa

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Omicron Delta Kappa, 1991 - Pi Mu Epsilon

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Pi Mu Epsilon, 1991

### Books & Book Chapters

- Graphs and Discovery: DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science

2005

### Presentations

- Lights...Camera...Computer Science: Using Films to Introduce Computer Science to Non-Majors

2008

CCSCNE (Consortium For Computing Sciences in Colleges NorthEast region), Staten Island, New York - Fibonacci: The Game

2007

HRUMC XIV (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Loudonville, New York - Problems and Programmers: Using a Card Game to Teach Software Engineering

2007

HRUMC XIV (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Loudonville, New York - Taking Students Out for a Ride

2007

SIG-CSE (Special Interest Group: Computer Science Education), Covington, Kentucky - A Ruby in the Rough: Using VHLLs in Bioinformatics

2006

11th Consortium For Computing Sciences in Colleges, Worcester, Massachusetts - Protein Folding using the HP Model

2006

HRUMC XIII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Westfield, Massachusetts - Streamlining Code for Performance

2006

HRUMC XIII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Westfield, Massachusetts - The Effect of Computer Specifications on Performance

2006

HRUMC XIII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Westfield, Massachusetts - The Mathematics of 'A Ticket to Ride'

2006

HRUMC XIII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Westfield, Massachusetts - Predicting the Secondary Structure of Proteins

2005

HRUMC XII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Williamstown, Massachusetts - Scoring Matrices for the Protein Secondary Structure Prediction Problem

2005

HRUMC XII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Williamstown, Massachusetts - Statistical Learning for the Protein Secondary Structure Prediction Problem

2005

HRUMC XII (Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference), Williamstown, Massachusetts - VEDA: A New DNA Fragment Assembler

2003

BIOKDD-CBGI (Biological Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Computational Biology and Genomic Informatics), Cary, North Carolina - Improving Shotgun Sequencing by Learning

2002

2nd RECOMB (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) Satellite Meeting on DNA Sequencing and Characterization, Stanford, California - Improving Shotgun Sequencing by Learning

2002

RECOMB (Research in Computational Molecular Biology), Washington, District of Columbia - A Learning Algorithm for the Shortest Superstring Problem

2001

CBGI 2001 (Computational Biology and Genomic Informatics), Raleigh, North Carolina - A Learning Algorithm for the Shortest Superstring Problem

2001

RECOMB (Research in Computational Molecular Biology), Los Angeles, California - Discovering Optimization Algorithms Through Automated Learning

2001

DIMACS Working Group: Computer-Generated Conjectures from Theoretic and Chemical Databases, New Brunswick, New Jersey