My educational background (before the PhD) is in electrical engineering (EE) and liberal arts. I've worked in industry for over a dozen years - mostly in high speed digital communication system design and marketing. It's nice to go back to a place where intellectual analysis and the pursuit of new knowledge go hand in hand so well.
My foray into academia started as a teaching assistant and then adjunct faculty in several academic institutions before I enrolled in the Information Science PhD program at Rutgers University. I love teaching and academic research.
My hobbies include music performance, cooking, international travel, and staying sane in the face of raising two little human beings.
Candidate for the PhD, Rutgers University, 2017 (anticipated)
MSEE, University of Southern California, 1996
BSEE, University of Southern California, 1994
BA, Liberal Arts, St. Mary's College of California, 1994
Major Research Interests
* Human Information Behavior around Social Media
* Social Networks
* Information System Design
* People as Sources of Data
Academic Instructor & Researcher
Department of Communication
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
I am lecturer at UCSB in both Communication and in Computer Science, teaching a variety of courses from social networks to programming.
I am a doctoral candidate, in the final phases of my dissertation, in the Library & Information Sciences department at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. My dissertation is titled "The Influence of Network Structures and Information Seeking Uncertainty on Information Seeking Behavior" and bridges a current scholarly gap between information seeking behavior and social network. My approach of considering concepts from communication, information science, game theory, and sociology in a computational approach is a concise way of saying who I am as a scholar.
My research interests are in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), including social media tools, as information sources (to tell us about both individuals and organizations) and understanding human behavior around that. Current and past projects include work on:
I have also taught courses at SC&I in the Information Technology and Informatics undergraduate program, and in the Master of Information program. Additionally, I've taught undergraduate electrical engineering courses at Rutgers, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and at The University of Southern California (USC).
I enjoy being actively involved in academic life. In the recent past, I've been:
* SC&I's doctoral student association's treasurer & webmaster (2012 - '15)
* Rutgers ASIST chapter (RUASIST) treasurer (2013 - '14)
* New Jersey ASIST chapter (NJASIST) treasurer (2014 - '16)
* Peer mentor to incoming doctoral students at Rutgers (throughout)
Website last updated: 9/12/16