Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science
Fellowship sponsor: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Fellowship site: Scientific American
I’m finishing up a Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, where I teach computers to understand English. In particular, we humans use a bewildering variety of language to talk about cause and effect, so I build software to help computers decipher what we mean. (Side benefit: if anyone questions whether I understand cause and effect, I’ll get to say I literally have a Ph.D. in it.)
Beyond research, I’m a long-time science communication aficionado. I was the founding president of Carnegie Mellon's Public Communication for Researchers program, which helps graduate students learn to communicate about science with people of all backgrounds. I’ve also served on the Organizing Committee of ComSciCon, and I freelance regularly for outlets like Motherboard and Nautilus. I can’t wait to dive deeper into science writing this summer at Scientific American.
Oh, and I’m easily distracted by birds.
Fellowship publications at Scientific American
7/28/2017 Robots, start your engines!