Please tell us about yourself
I’m fascinated by languages, both human and machine, and the connections between the two. I recently completed a MS in computational linguistics at Saarland University in Germany, where I studied speech technology, machine learning, and computer-assisted language learning. Prior to that, I earned a BA in philosophy, studying formal logic and the philosophy of mind and language.
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?
I later worked in sales for a SaaS company in San Francisco, and taught English as a foreign language in SF and Vietnam. Meanwhile, I taught myself Python on the side, which ultimately led me to computational linguistics.
What do you do now?
Since the fall of 2016, I’ve been on the engineering team at ÜberResearch, where I’m working on the design and implementation of a query language to interface with scientific research funding data by building a domain-specific language for querying data.
When I’m not at a computer, I enjoy traveling, learning foreign languages, swing dancing, knitting, karaoke, and listening to live music. You can usually find me in the sunniest spot in the room (or the spot closest to a dog).