Computers, in many ways, have always been my passion.
I started with web development in my later elementary school years. I loved making my own personal website to contain links to the websites I liked, embed videos I watched, and post my own “Create Your Own Adventure” games.
I moved to programming in Visual Basic as I moved with my father in his final Air Force relocation to Florida. Living temporarily in a beautiful place on the beach, rather than walk along the water and live without a care as one would, I spent most of my time inside learning to develop videogames.
By middle school, I had learned a little C++, a variety of web programming platforms, some APIs, and how to build my own computers. I remember in vivid detail my first day of class for Web Design. I raised my hand when the teacher took questions about the syllabus and, embarrassingly, asked “will we be doing any C or C++ in this class?” The teacher laughed. The other students glared at me. I learned then that I was the odd one out!
I grew to lead the school’s robotics team to the state competition, won first place in a county Tech Bowl for quick work with a search engine and the ability to quickly build an entire PC, and started to learn Python and Java. I was constantly asked to build small websites for friends.
In high school, I continued volunteering and judging for the robotics competitions, started and co-presided over my school’s first Technology Club, won first place again on the high school level of Tech Bowl, and started research in AI, 3D printing, and VR. I did my Associate of Arts Capstone in tandem with my diploma, taking an internship with a local research institute to work with and teach 3D modeling and printing.
Now, at the University of West Florida, I serve as an Ambassador for the Center for Cybersecurity; President of the AI Research Group; and a member of the Cybersecurity Club. I am earning my CompTIA Security+ through a selective accelerated program for upperclassmen. I am seeking my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Minor in Math, a B.S. in Cybersecurity, and will return after graduation to complete a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Software Design and Development.
I have worked at various times at the Emerald Coast Science Center teaching robotics; at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition programming humanoid robotics controls software and teaching autonomous robotics programming to high school students; at Cyber 1 Systems, LLC, developing websites and managing IT infrastructure with AVG platforms; and with the Air Force Research Lab, working on autonomous drones, 3D printing, managing IT infrastructure, and teaching drones and programming to 6th through 10th grades.
I co-founded and own a portion of a Idea by Design Corp, a startup in AI, quantum computing, and cybersecurity. I co-founded and co-own Kaleidoscope Educational Resources, LLC, a local company integrating intelligent systems for education, as well as a local nonprofit, INERTIA Education Programs, Inc., dedicated to making Escambia County a better place for all to live and learn. I take contract work in web design and development, networking and cybersecurity auditing, and general purpose IT support, both hardware and software. I also enjoy consulting tech and education students and startups in how to succeed in Northwest Florida. I presented “Digital Media & Social Engineering: Using Your Data Against You” at ITEN WIRED 2018 and have on a few occasions spoken on ITEN WIRED Radio.