I am a software engineer/architect and mathematician. I received my PhD in Combinatorics from the department of Mathematics at MIT.
For more information on my education and work background, please see my resume.I have many interests, including:
I went to Japan August 2005 to represent the United States in the World Trail Orienteering Championships. Trail Orienteering is a discipline geared towards disabled people (which I am not), so this is not a particularly prestigious thing to have done, but I had fun doing it. After the first day of competition I was in 7th place, but lapsed on the second day, ending up 15th (Results). I still think this is an excellent result, given that I had only competed in 2 Trail-O competitions before going to Japan.
After Japan, I went to the Pacific Northwest to compete in PNWOF. My first couple of days went fairly well -- 4th in my age class on the first day, helped my relay team to a silver medal in the "Experienced" category the next. The weekend event, the US Champs didn't go as well for me, although the courses were terrific.
I set the course for the nth running of the Blue Hills Traverse, where n=31,32,or 33 (the history is a bit sketchy). The race, on Nov. 20, 2005, was held on a beautiful day, and had over 50 people mass start on the eastern end of the Blue Hills on Wood Rd., meander across to the ski area, then to an eventual finish near Houghton's Pond, a total of 13.3km of orienteering. The results should eventually be posted on the NEOC website, but for the time being, you can find them here: Traverse results
I also set the course for the (n+1)st running in 2006. I was pleased that the course received high praise from some people, especially since I wasn't able to devote a lot of time to it due to my father's grave illness and eventual death on Nov. 13, six days before the race. (2006 Traverse report, incl. maps) (Attackpoint discussion)
I am a member of the Charles River Wheelmen and go on many rides with them.
I went on many rides with my friend Al Bolea, who unfortunately passed away in September, 2005. He fell victim to a disease called myelofibrosis, which attacks the bone marrow. I played a part in the organization of a ride to benefit the MPD Foundation, which sponsors research into that and related diseases. If you feel generous, you can sponsor me by visiting the site Biking & Ice Cream.
The first ride, which took place Sept. 10, 2006, went off very well. I led the super-short ride, which was a lot of fun - there were only three of us (Sheldon Cooperman and his lovely daughter Sidney joined me). The day as a whole went very well - there were over 70 riders. Not bad for a first time benefit ride competing with "The Flattest Century".