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I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. My research and teaching interests are in Computer Systems, program analysis, and graphics. I care about all things related to performance engineering.

I completed my Ph.D. at Tufts University in the Redline Research Group in 2017. My Ph.D. thesis advisor was Samuel Z. Guyer. I completed my Masters degree in Computer Science in 2013 at Tufts University, and my Bachelors in Computers Science Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2011.



I am serving on the SIG CSE 2021 Program Committee.

I am serving on the Cppcon 2020 Program Committee.

I am serving on the PLDI 2020 Artifacts Committee

I will be presenting at EuroLLVM 2020 a tutorial on common compiler optimizations.

I have given a talk on an Introduction to Cache Oblivious Algorithms at ACCU 2019 Belfast.

I will be serving on the EuroLLVM 2020 program committee in Paris, France this year.


My research interest is in analyzing the performance of real time systems. Typically applications where performance matters are in the domains of game engines, computer graphics, and intensive system applications. I perform my research by building static analysis, dynamic analysis, and software visualization tools. [Google Scholar Link]

Current Northeastern students wanting to get involved with my research can browse various Sidequests to see if there are mutually interesting projects.

Computer Systems

Research Currently I am working with several students on building program analysis tools for working with data structures. Another undergraduate student is working on building tools to monitor the performance of programs.
  • Performance Engineering
    • ICSME 2019, Lib Metamorphosis: A Performance Analysis Framework for Exchanging Data Structures in Performance Sensitive Application [Preprint] [Slides] [IEEE Link]

Program Analysis

Research Currently a graduate student and I are investigating a program analysis technique for monitoring threads in C and C++ programs.
  • Static/Dynamic Analysis
    • SOAP 2018, Iceberg: A Dynamic Analysis of Java Synchronized Methods Investigating Runtime Performance Variability [Preprint][ACM Link][Slides]
    • SOAP 2016, Iceberg: A Tool for Static Analysis of Java Critical Sections [Preprint][ACM Link][Slides]]


Research Some students will be joining my research group to understand cache-oblivious data structures and there performance in a graphics domain.
  • Software Visualization
    • VISSOFT 2016, An Interactive Microarray Call-Graph Visualization [Preprint][IEEE Link]
    • VISSOFT 2016, Critical Section Investigator Building Story Visualizations with Program Traces [Preprint][IEEE Link][Video]
  • Gaming/Machine Learning
    • CHIPLAY 2018, Dungeon Digger: Apprenticeship Learning for Procedural Dungeon Building Agents [Preprint][ACM Link]


The following table lists all of the courses I have developed and previously taught.

Course Number Title Semester
(NEU) CS 5006 Algorithms (Align-Grad) Sp19, Su19
(NEU) CS 5007 Computer Systems (Align-Grad) Su18, Sp19, Su19
(NEU) CS 4910/7680 Special Topics in CS - Performance Engineering Su20
(NEU) CS 3650 Computer Systems F17, F18, F19
(NEU) CS 5600 Computer Systems (Grad) Su18
(NEU) CS 4850/5850 Building Game Engines (Ugrad/Grad) Sp18, Sp19
(NEU) CS 4300/5310 Computer Graphics (Ugrad/Grad) Sp18, F18, Su19, Su20
(NEU) CS 4955 Teaching Computer Science Sp20
(NEU) CS 5500 Foundations of Software Engineering Sp20,F20
(NEU) CS 1802 Discrete Mathematics F17
(NEU) CS 5340 Human Computer Interaction (Grad) F17
(Tufts) Comp 11 Introduction to Computer Science Su17
A listing of my courses that I TA'd, co-taught, or served as a lab instructor while at Ohio State and Tufts University from 2010-2017 are here


This section contains peer reviewed conference talks, guest lectures, invited lectures, and some research competitions I have participated in.
Year/Event Title Resources
2020 CPPCON Back to Basics: Design Patterns [Slides]
Northeastern - Khoury Tech Talks Performance Engineering and Program Analysis [Slides]
2019 ACCU Autumn Introduction to Cache Oblivious Algorithms Slides to be posted
2019 Northeastern+MIT LLVM Seminar Introduction to Program Analysis [Slides]
2019 Northeastern+MIT LLVM Seminar Introduction to Clang [Slides]
2019 Northeastern+MIT LLVM Seminar Introduction to LLVM [Slides] [files]
2019 ACM Student Chapter Introduction to Program Analysis [Slides]
2019 Northeastern Workshop Building a Game Portfolio [Slides]
2018 NEU Teaching Faculty Seminar Introduction to Github Classroom [Slides] [Video]
2018 CPPCON Let's Build an OpenGL Logger [Slides and Video]
2018 Northeastern Workshop CS1200 Careers Talk [Slides]
2018 Northeastern Workshop Building a Game Portfolio [Slides]
2018 Northeastern Workshop (Guest Lecture Nathaniel Tuck) Opearting Systems [Slides]
2018 at FOSDEM Introduction to LLVM [Slides and Video]
2017 Northeastern Workshop Getting a job in the game industry [Slides]
2017 MIT Hands on Introduction to LLVM Lecture at MIT [Slides]
2016 MIT Profile-Guided Optimization LLVM Lecture at MIT [Slides]
2016 Tufts University 4th Tufts Ignite Talk - (CSI) Critical Section Investigator (3rd Place Talk) Slides
2016 Invited Talk at MIT Introduction to LLVM [Slides]
2016 Tufts University Introduction to Parallelism Teaching Fellow talk [Video]
2016 Invited Talk, Cambridge Pint of Science How do Computers Compute so Fast [Slides]
2016 Tufts University 19th Annual Tufts Graduate Student Research Symposium N/A
2015 Tufts University 3rd Tufts Ignite Talk - Microarray Visualization (3rd Place Talk) [Slides]
2015 PLMW Programming Language Mentoring Workshop One-Minute Madness Talk [Slide]
2014 Tufts University 18th Annual Tufts Graduate Student Research Symposium
2014 Tufts University (Guest Lecture for Remco Chang) Computer Graphics Shaders
2014 Tufts University 1st Annual Tufts Ignite Talk - Code Advisor
2013 PLDU Fun and Interesting Ideas [Slides] [Paper]


Computer Graphics

I have participated in helping create many university organizations, and served in several roles to improve the academic experience of undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University
    • 2016-2017 Tufts Graduate Student Council President
    • 2014-2016 Tufts founder of Computer Science League of Learning Graduate Student Group
    • 2013-2016 Tufts University Graduate Student IT Committee Seat
    • 2016, National Association of Graduate and Professional Students National Conference. Open Panel Discussion
    • 2016, National Association of Graduate and Professional Students Northeast Regional Conference. GSO. Slides to be posted
    • 2014-2015 Tufts University Graduate Student Council Academic and Career Planning Chair
    • 2013-2014 Tufts University Graduate Student Council Secretary
    • 2014, National Association of Graduate and Professional Students Northeast Regional Conference. Data-Driven Advocacy. [Slides]
    • 2013, National Association of Graduate and Professional Students National Conference. Talk on Technologies Role in Student Organizations. [Slides]


Computer Graphics
Check out Glimpse Podcast for more interviews with great scientists.

  • 2018
    • GLIMPSE Podcast Interview - Teaching Humans Computer Science
      • This podcast describes my journey into computer science, a little bit about my research, and a few teaching tips!

Personal Projects and Fun

Personal Projects
  • I enjoy tutoring programming, and am working on several Python lessons for first time programmers.
  • This is my undergraduate capstone project which I am quite proud of. It was a collaboration with a team of 5 total members in the spirit of a 'pixar' short. Click to watch: Shelved Souls
  • I drove across the country twice (Boston to Portland Oregon) in 2014.
  • My travel outside of the U.S. includes:
    • (Barcelona) Spain [photos soon]
    • (Brussels) Belgium [photos soon]
    • (Amsterdam) Netherlands [photos soon]
    • (Vancouver, Toronto) Canada [photos soon]
    • (Arusha) Tanzania [photos soon]
    • (Reykjavik) Iceland [photos soon]
    • (Dublin) Ireland [photos soon]
    • (Belfast) Northern Ireland [photos soon]
  • I am always interested in learning about new cultures and places to travel near and far.
  • I consider myself an amateur pizza maker, although this web link needs to be updated with more content. The art of pizza
  • I am a long distance runner. I have run the Columbus marathon twice(2009,2010), several half marathons(2009,2011,2013,2018,2019x2), and full Tough Mudder(2018)
    • I am slowly getting slower as the years go on. Results
  • I enjoy playing the guitar, typically acoustic songs or alternative rock. Some favorite bands are:
Non-Academic Publications
  • Non-Academic Publications 2014, February 4. On Increasing Enrollment of Computer Science Courses. Tufts Daily. Link | PDF
Fun Facts
Please do not redistribute or host any materials without e-mailing me first. I generally am happy to share the latest .pdf or slide presentation with those who ask. Thank you for your time!