Choosing a major at RPI proved difficult at first. Ultimately, I settled on two fields which I was passionate about: Computer Science and Mathematics. Growing up, both of my parents have careers in computer-related fields. My mother is a Database Administrator for Scientech, LLC, and my father, and RPI Graduate, is the owner of Applied Programming Technology, Inc.,which develops software to examine data from nuclear power plants. Also, throughout high school, my favorite classes were always math, and I always had a passion for the subject. At RPI, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue both of these fields.
Outside of academics, I like to stay involved with community service. As President of Circle K, a community service group on campus, I get the opportunity to contribute around Troy. Helping out with food servings at the Salvation Army, tutoring local children, and volunteering at the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society are just a few of the things the members of Circle K do for the community.
Currently, I am working with Professor Joyce McLaughlin and Dr. Dan Renzi on wave propagation through tissue to detect severity of cancer. A series of point source waves are triggered very close in time to form a pseudo line wave. As the wave passes through a cancerous inclusion, it will move faster due to the tightness of the cancer. This causes an abnormality in the wave shape, which can be used to detect the location of the inclusion. Due to noise from instruments and other sources, the accuracy of these results can decreased. I am working on methods of filtering and correcting this noise, so as to produce a more correct detection of the inclusion.