About Me

I'm a PhD student of Computer Science at Brigham Young University with the BYU IDeA Labs and a PhD Intern for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. After growing up in various parts of California, I left to serve an LDS mission in 2010 in Paraguay.

My better half and I

Afterwards, I completed an Associates degree at the LDS Business College before transferring to Brigham Young University where I'm currently at and where I met my lovely wife Ashley, pictured here. I graduated in April 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, and then became a PhD student in Computer Science in September of that same year.

My academic interests are centered in Computer Science where I am pursuing research in regards to cyber-security from a controls theory perspective. I also enjoy learning more about data science, machine learning, "big data" processing, distributed systems, and various programming languages.

Outside of computer science and programming in general, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife Ashley (pictured here with me) and our great daughter Elizabeth, free weight lifting, metalworking (more on this in the future), building computers and computer programs, playing video games, hiking, camping, and traveling in general.


Volunteer Service

Missionary — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Asunción, Paraguay

Jan. 2010 - Feb. 2012

  • Served as a unit leader over 6 - 20 other volunteers for 6 months
  • Managed the materials and supplies for an international office of over 200 personnel for 6 months
  • Developed a comprehensive database for tracking all materials and orders of the entire organization
  • Obtained conversational fluency in Spanish and limited proficiency with Guaraní

My missionary service in Paraguay was one of the defining things in my life. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have met some amazing people and share a message that means the world to me. Below are some albums from different areas where I resided over the course of my two year mission.

Mission Areas and Duration
Puente Kyjha, Canindeyu March - June 2010
Aratiri, Capiata, Departamento Central June - December 2010
Mariano Roque Alonso, Departamento Central December 2010 - January 2011
Campo Grande, Asuncion January - July 2011
Horqueta, Concepcion July - November 2011
Tayuasape, San Lorenzo, Departamento Central November 2011 - February 2012

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

2008

After 7 years in scouting, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. My project consisted of removing an existing flagpole that was too small and installing a custom made one that was twice as large. The flagpole sits adjacent to a memorial to fallen aerial firefighters outside of the Porterville Air Attack Base in Porterville, California.

An album of the project and a small article from the local newspaper about the project may be viewed at the following links:


Miscellaneous

2-time Programming Competition Award Winner

2016 - Instructure Intern Battleship Bot Tournament
2016 - Instructure Intern Battleship Bot Tournament
2015 - HireVue Interview Programming Competition
2015 - HireVue Interview Programming Competition

Everything I do is the attitude of an award-winner because I have won an award.

— Ron Swanson