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I am currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. My primary teaching interests are in computer systems and computer graphics. My research interests are related to performance engineering (dynamic analysis) and software visualization.

Along with teaching and research work, I have juggled occasional consulting work as a 3D Senior Graphics Engineer.

    To current Northeastern Students, read before you e-mail me on the following items):
  • Research: Check this link for research opportunities and projects.
  • Teaching: My previous course syllabi are online if you want to take a look--offerings are usually about 75% similar, though continuously evolving.
    • Spring 2023: 'Building Game Engines' will be taught online. This course will undergo some larger changes, in that I will be expecting students to have a good deal of programming experience. Undergraduates must have taken C++ prior to entering the course (thus graduate students should also know C++).
    • Spring 2023: 'Foundations of Software Engineering (5500)' - while in the past I have taught it in C++ (and other instructors use Java or TypeScript) this upcoming semester we will use the awesome DLang throughout the semester. The transition from Java to DLang is easier, and the skills acquired are applicable to any C family language (C, C++, Java, C#, etc.) as well as other functional or component-based programming languages
  • Enrollment/Waitlist: Please email your advisor if you think you have a special circumstance -- I have no power or ability to create, move, or add you to a filled course or create/change a waitlist
  • Teaching Assistant Positions: Please apply through the Khoury TA portal, and I will review your application if there is a vacancy.



My talk has been accepted to the inaugural Illinois Computer Sicence Summer Teaching Workshop for 2021.

I am serving on the Cppcon 2021 Program Committee and co-chairing the software design track.

My peer-reviewed talk at ACCU 2021 has been accepted and will be presented in March of 2021 (virtually).

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 get some ideas of projects that may be mutually interesting projects.


Computer Systems

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
    • SOSP 2020, Combating Run-time Performance Bugs with Performance Claim Annotations [Preprint
    • ICSME 2019, Lib Metamorphosis: A Performance Analysis Framework for Exchanging Data Structures in Performance Sensitive Application [Preprint] [Slides] [IEEE Link]

Program Analysis

Currently a graduate student and I are investigating a program analysis technique for monitoring threads in C and C++ programs.
  • Static/Dynamic Analysis
    • ICSE 2022, DrAsync: Identifying and Visualizing Anti-Patterns in Asynchronous JavaScript Preprint Talk
    • 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]]


Some students will be joining my research group to understand cache-oblivious data structures and there performance in a graphics domain.
  • Software Visualization
    • IEEE VIS 2021, Daisen: A Framework for Visualizing Detailed GPU Execution [Preprint]
    • 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 4300/5310 Computer Graphics (Ugrad/Grad) Sp18, F18, Su19, Su20, Su21,F21, Sp22, Su22,F22
(NEU) CS 4910/7680 Special Topics in CS - Computer Graphics - Introduction to Non-Interactive Rendering Techniques Su21, Su22
(NEU) CS 4910/7680 Special Topics in CS - Performance Engineering Su20
(NEU) CS 3520 Programming C++ Su21,F22
(NEU) CS 5008/5009 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Their Applications within Computer Systems Sp21,Sp22
(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, Sp21
(NEU) CS 4955 Teaching Computer Science Sp20
(NEU) CS 5500 Foundations of Software Engineering Sp20,F20, F21
(NEU) CS 5006 Algorithms (Align-Grad) Sp19, Su19
(NEU) CS 5007 Computer Systems (Align-Grad) Su18, Sp19, Su19
(NEU) CS 5340 Human Computer Interaction (Grad) F17
(NEU) CS 1802 Discrete Mathematics 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
2022 Handmade Seattle 2022 - Systems Programming Conference Introduction to Memory Allocation Design and Implementation [Slides]
2022 2022 - Northeastern University Mathematics Club Introduction to Computational Geometry.pdf [Slides]
2022 CppCon 2022 Software Design Track - The Observer Pattern [Slides]
2022 CppCon 2022 Back to Basics - Debugging [Slides]
2022 Core CPP Introduction to Smart Pointers and Why [Slides]
2022 Career Seminar Northeastern Vancouver Campus Visit [Slides]
2022 D Conference Ray Tracing in (Less than) One Weekend with Dlang | DConf 2022 [Slides]
2022 C++ on Sea Beginners Guide to C++'s Best Kept Secret - std::algorithm [Slides]
2022 ACCU How I Teach Modern C++ One Pixel at a Time [Slides]
2021 CPPCON Back to Basics: Pointers [Slides tbd]
2021 CPPCON Back to Basics: Concurrency [Slides tbd]
2021 CPPCON Software Design: The Factory Pattern [Slides tbd]
2021 First Byte Student Organization Invited Guest Speaker Teaching in One Minute [Slides]
2021 Inaugural Illinois Computer Science Summer Teaching Workshop Evolving the Course Website and Lecture for Online Teaching [Slides]
2021 (Invited Talk) Boston Fusion Game Engines - What Problem Are you trying to Solve? [Slides]
2021 Northeastern Workshop Building a Game Portfolio [Slides]
2020 CPPCON Back to Basics: Design Patterns [Slides]
2020 Northeastern U. - Khoury College 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 Northeastern U. ACM Student Chapter Introduction to Program Analysis [Slides]
2019 Northeastern U. Workshop Building a Game Portfolio [Slides]
2018 Northeastern U. Teaching Faculty Seminar Introduction to Github Classroom [Slides] [Video]
2018 CPPCON Let's Build an OpenGL Logger [Slides and Video]
2018 Northeastern U. Workshop CS1200 Careers Talk [Slides]
2018 Northeastern U. Workshop Building a Game Portfolio [Slides]
2018 Northeastern U. Workshop (Guest Lecture Nathaniel Tuck) Operating Systems [Slides]
2018 FOSDEM Introduction to LLVM [Slides and Video]
2017 Northeastern U. Workshop Getting a job in the game industry [Slides]
2017 (Guest Lecture) MIT Performance Engineering Hands on Introduction to LLVM Lecture [Slides]
2016 MIT LLVM Seminar Profile-Guided Optimization LLVM Lecture at MIT [Slides]
2016 Tufts University - 4th Tufts Ignite Talk (CSI) Critical Section Investigator (3rd Place Talk) Slides
2016 MIT LLVM Seminar Introduction to LLVM [Slides]
2016 Tufts University - Teaching Fellow talk Introduction to Parallelism [Video]
2016 (Invited Talk) Cambridge Pint of Science How do Computers Compute so Fast [Slides]
2016 19th Annual Tufts Graduate Student Research Symposium TBD N/A
2015 Tufts University - 3rd Annual 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 TBD
2014 (Guest Lecture for Remco Chang) Tufts University - Computer Graphics Shaders TBD
2014 1st Annual Tufts Ignite Talk Code Advisor TBD
2013 PLDI Fun and Interesting Ideas [Slides] [Paper]


Computer Graphics

(Please see CV for a fully up to date list) 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!
  • 2022
    • Hacker News Front Page - Introduction to Dlang
      • Introduction to DLang Video from guest speaker Ali Cehreli made it to front page of Hacker News. Ali was hosted here at Northeastern for the day to meet with students and discuss the D programming language
  • 2022
    • Khoury College - Best Teacher Award Story
      • A brief story with a few ancedotes on my teaching philosophy and journey into computer science.

Personal Projects and Fun

Academic Lineage

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]
    • (Bristol, London, Folkestone) England [photos soon]
    • (Paris) France [photos soon]
  • I am always interested in learning about new cultures and places to travel near and far. The best part of working at a university is meeting people from all over the world.
  • 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 - Columbus, 2011 - Indiana,2013 - Columbus,2018 BAA Half, 2019 Malden, MA, 2019 Baltimore, 2021 Cambridge), and full Tough Mudder(2018)
    • I am slowly getting slower as the years go on. Results
  • I follow the NBA (very closely), track&field, and other competitive runners (i.e. marathon)
  • I enjoy playing the guitar, typically acoustic songs or alternative rock. Some favorite bands are:
  • I believe in funding small creators, artists, and independent developers.
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!