As a native of upstate New York, I grew up camping and hiking with the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. On winter weekends that I wasn't busy with Scouts, I was usually skiing with my family. In high school, I also played soccer, ran track and cross-country, and specialized in freestyle and butterfly in swimming. I continue to swim, run, and lift weights to stay in shape. I also enjoy mountain biking, though I rarely get out to ride.
My wife and enjoy all types of ethnic cuisine, diverse culture, and outdoor activities. We love college sports in general and, in particular, rarely miss a home football game. On any given winter weekend, you can find us skiing and snowboarding.
During warm-weather, we take advantage by visiting national and state parks with our friends to hike and camp. We have taken to referring to ourselves as the "two-liter, two-seater club" in reference to the small, fun cars we often drive to the hiking spots.
I also coached the Stanford Special Olympics Swim Team. I was invited to help out during my second year at Stanford and I coached through the 2010 season. We had a great group of kids who continually amazed me with their enthusiasm and hard work in the pool.
Other interests include a bit of photography and web design. I enjoy art but find that my artistic vision is better than my ability to draw or paint what I see. With the camera and the computer, I get a chance to be creative beyond the ability of my hands.
I also host and maintain my own web and file server so that family and friends can see what we are up to. In the process, I've learned to write HTML and PHP code, BASH scripts, and how to manage Linux servers. Lately, I've been learning a bit about networking, operating systems, and new tricks for Macs.
The majority of the photos that I post on the web come from trips. My wife and I enjoy traveling, both within the U.S. and internationally. In the past three years, I have had the opportunity to visit Mexico, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. In Switzerland and Germany, I have enjoyed visiting the labs and hometowns of research colleagues with whom I had collaborated at Stanford.