I joined the Cooper Union faculty in 2003, and I am currently a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. I regularly teach required courses in the Computer Engineering track of EE, including Data Structures and Algorithms I and II, and I regular advise Senior Projects. I also commonly teach Master's level electives including Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing. Other courses I have taught in the past include Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Databases, Digital Logic Design, Advanced Computer Architecture, and Compiler Theory.
At Cooper Union I have advised over 40 master's students who have completed their degrees; the topics of their theses have ranged the gamut of EE, but the majority have focused on subtopics of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. In addition to research through Master's students, I was one of the Principle Investigators of a funded research project involving a collaboration with MaXentric Technologies. The project was funded as an STTR, and was funded through Phase II. The task involved the use of software defined radios, provided by Rockwell Collins, to create a Cognitive Communications Gateway Engine capable of translating signals between waveforms. I also voluntarily served as the Engineering Faculty Secretary for fifteen years. I annually coach teams of students entering the ACM Greater New York Regional Collegiate Programming Contest. I have also advised several dozen independent study courses over the years.
Before coming to Cooper Union, I was a graduate student at Columbia University, receiving my Master's degree in Computer Science in 1999 and my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003. As a graduate student, I was part of the Natural Language Processing research group, advised by Prof. Kathleen McKeown. My research focused on the use of text categorization techniques to classify associated images. Before graduate school, from 1993 through 1997, I worked as a software design engineer at Microsoft. As part of the Excel group, I helped develop versions of Excel ranging from Excel 5 through Excel 97. Before that, I received my B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1993.