About Me

Curiosity Rover and Me

Me next to Curiosity’s stunt double at the Jet Propulsion Lab when I was an intern there.

Hello there! My name is Christian. To start, I am a passionate guy who really loves to build stuff, read, and learn. I started out in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), but found a love for mathematical algorithms that drives my career path these days. In fact, I have started this Fall (2017) in grad school at UIUC for Computer Science to continue venturing on with this passion.

In my career thus far, I have spent time at NASA JPL working on Computer Vision algorithms for autonomous drones, spent a lot of time at UIUC developing a background in numerical methods and simulation, and then spent a lot of time at Raytheon Missile Systems building mathematical and statistical algorithms and making predictions via simulation and statistical models. More recently, I have started as a grad student under Jeff Erickson and Bob Haber working at an intersection of Computational Geometry and Scientific Computing to develop adaptive, constrained 4-D meshing algorithms for systems of Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations. Other technical interests span Artificial Intelligence, Optimization Algorithms, Scientific Computing, and Software Engineering.

Outside of “work”, I enjoy outdoorsy and adventureous activities, especially if I can take my dog Jupiter along. Some of my favorites have been camping, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving. I also enjoy paintballing if I can find people daring enough to join me and love movies.. I am definitely a cinephile. Also food. Definitely a foodie when I can afford to be!

For anyone interested in reaching out to me about opportunities, be it industry or research collaboration, feel free to email me by clicking here.

jupiter the dog

Jupiter, the Photogenic Dog