Miscellany


Photography and Digital Art

me holding my camera and standing in a basement
With my camera.

In my free time I am a photographer and digital artist. You can browse some samples of my creations.

My camera is a full-frame Canon 6D, and I carry with it an unapologetically heavy assortment of lenses.

Travel

world map with airline routes
All the air routes I have traveled, as of 2017-08-17. Map generated by openflights.org.

I enjoy travel, and international collaboration has become a significant part of my career.

As a postdoc, I spent a year abroad at the University of Edinburgh thanks to the NSF's International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP). IRFP no longer exists, but the NSF still provides funding for international postdocs through other programs.

As a graduate student, I spent a winter in Australia and a summer in Singapore thanks to the NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI), a great program that still exists.

I have visited 36 countries. I have lived in four countries (USA, UK, Australia, Singapore), to the extent that in each of them I paid rent for a dwelling, bought groceries on a regular basis, and had a workplace.

Judging at Events

I enjoyed serving as a judge for the Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Lego League in 2012 and 2013 and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2012 and 2015. Talking with young students about their work is a great reminder of the excitement of research, and I can recommend volunteering for either of these programs.

Other Interests

I am particularly fond of the artwork of Edward Hopper. In literature, I've especially enjoyed the works of Sinclair Lewis and Kurt Vonnegut.

I occasionally go geocaching, and I am an amateur radio operator (license KG4LFD, technician class).

Social Networks

Here are my pages on Google Scholar and LinkedIn.

I am also listed in the Mathematics Genealogy Project, and my Erdös Number is four:

Paul Erdös→Melvin Henriksen→Richard Gordon Wilson→Donald R. Perlis→Shomir Wilson