I am gay and I am a data scientist and engineer.//
I am a new assistant professor in the data science program at Nevada State College where I teach everything from statistics to programming. I got my PhD at the University of Washington in the Elizabeth Nance Lab where we developed nanotherapeutic platforms for treating diseases in the brain. My niche was nanoparticle movement in the brain and how specific factors of the nanoparticle and the environment impact how they move.
Growing up as a gay Mormon boy, I internalized a lot of shame around my queer identity. It wasn’t until I found a community of support at my university’s LGBTQ STEM organization that I felt comfortable enough to be myself. I know how vital that community can be. I want to help build those support networks for the next generation of queer students starting at my campus and beyond.