I grew up in Menomonie, WI, a small semi-rural town in Wisconsin, where I spent a lot of time practicing saxophone, french horn and mellophone. I also played tennis, competed in a variety of forensics speaking events and acted in a few plays.
After high school, I went to Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Northfield, MN. While at Carleton, I discovered cognitive science, computer science and Hash House Harriers, among other things.
Since graduating from college, I have studied a variety of subjects as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. I'm particularly interested in the conceptual and technical issues involved in the modeling of complex systems, particularly social systems.