I am a native New Yorker (Woodside, Queens) but lived in Maryland and West Virginia before coming to Gannon in 2002. Three of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland. My wife Stephanie and I have ten children. We home-educate those of school-age.
We like to camp together in two 6-person tents. So far we have camped throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona and New Mexico. I'm a long-suffering fan of the Washington Redskins since my Maryland days. Since moving to Erie and in keeping with a Native American theme, I have become a fan of the Cleveland Indians.
I was unsure of my career until, as a college senior, I was a member of a three-person team that was rated "Outstanding" in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling. That led to a Teaching Assistanship in graduate school and my life as a professor and mathematician was underway.