My beautiful wife Dana and me at the SB Courthouse

Our ADHD bird dog Cody with a feather at the beach

Dana hiking in the “Playgrounds”

Cody and me in the Rose Garden at the SB Mission

    I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. From an early age, I had interests in both the arts and the sciences. I had a talent for mathematics but dreamed of becoming an artist and musician. I did not realize at the time that mathematics and creativity pair very nicely, and my path to becoming a mathematician turned out to be a nonstandard one. After a rough junior year of high school, I transferred to an adult high school located on the top floor of Old Knoxville High School, the same building that my father and grandfather had once attended. I graduated a few months early and spent the next year washing dishes at a BBQ restaurant and then stocking auto parts for a warehouse in 'Mechanicsville'. Around that
time, I fell in love with number theory. In my spare time, I would contemplate the irrationality/transcendence of pi, the distribution of prime numbers, properties of the Riemann zeta function, and other number theoretic topics. I wanted to devote my life to this passion.

    My parents and grandparents were extremely supportive of my ambition, and I owe much of my happiness and  academic success to them. I first spent some time at a community college before transferring to the University of Tennessee. In the spring of 2006, I received my Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Mathematics. In the fall of that same year, I came to the University of Arizona in Tucson for graduate school where I earned my PhD in the the spring of 2012. I met the love of my life Dana in Tucson, and we married soon after moving to Santa Barbara, California. We now have a son Lukas and are looking forward to our next adventure.