I am a carbon-based lifeform. I grew up in Louisiana and Texas; my father was a philosophy professor, my mother a pediatric oncology researcher. My sister is a flute professor, and my brother owns a small business and does support work for Dell.
When I left home, I attended the Texas Academy of Math and Sciences at the University of North Texas, which meant starting college pretty early. When I finished that, I moved to Austin, attended UT for a while, started working in the Computer Science department.
By now, I’ve worked there for 20+ years, moving up in responsibility. I’m currently deeply involved in the planning for transitioning the department’s infrastructure to the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex.
My wife Cynthia is a Ph.D. student in robotics at the University of Washington in Seattle. There is a lot of travel involved.
I’m big into movies; I built a stadium-seating theater in my house that seats 26 with a 150″ screen.
In my spare time I like to fix things. Anything, really: electronics, software, cars, plumbing, whatever. I also like video games, and I have a cat.