I am currently working as an underwater vehicle autonomy designer at the Applied Research Laboratories,
The University of Texas at Austin. In my work, I help design, write, and test autonomous behaviors for
a variety of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).
I originally graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
Engineering with a minor in Intelligent Robotic Systems in May 2021 (socially distanced graduation ftw).
I greatly enjoyed my time at UCF, but over time it became clear that a traditional mechanical
engineering career was not the right path for me. I was very excited to eventually discover the Intelligent
Robotic Systems minor offered in my later years of study, which opened my eyes to whole new realm of
possibilities for applied engineering.
With this idea of a career pivot right out of undergrad and an unpredictable job market upon the slow exit
from the pandemic, I decided to fully commit to a specialization in robotics and invest in earning a Master's
degree. In December of 2022, I graduated from Northwestern Univeristy with a Masters of Science in Robotics. This
project-based program focused on not just learning about, but actually applying robotics concepts to
real-world systems. I went from being a mechanical engineer with minimal programming experience to working
as a software engineer in my current role thanks almost entirely to the experiences gained in this program.