I grew up on a beautiful farm in Mercer, Pennsylvania. My dream as a high school student was to become an architect, but I eventually realized that I was a much better mathematician than artist, and mathematics could actually be extremely interesting all on its own. This led me to a mathematics major at Westminster College, where I also received a minor in secondary education. Following my graduation from Westminster I attended the University of Iowa, where I obtained my Ph.D.
While I no longer live on the farm, I still enjoy working there alongside my father. My hobbies haven't changed much since I was in elementary school—I love soccer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and video games. While I moved on from playing competitive soccer about ten years ago, I still often participate recreationally. The Steelers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and speedruns of Nintendo 64 or Gamecube games are among my favorite things to watch.