In my free time I am a photographer and digital artist. You can browse some samples of my creations.
In October 2018, Penn State News included a section about my photography in an article about faculty and staff pursuits outside of work. (The picture at the top of the article is mine, and the section about me is toward the bottom.)
My camera is a full-frame Canon 6D, and I carry with it an unapologetically heavy assortment of lenses.
I enjoy travel, and international collaboration has become a significant part of my career. I have performed professional activities (research and/or teaching) at universities on five continents.
In March 2018 I taught a week-long course on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the Future University in Egypt, as part of its partnership with the University of Cincinnati.
In 2013 and 2014 I spent a year at the University of Edinburgh thanks to the NSF's International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP).
I have visited 41 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.
On May 18, 2019, I was honored to be the invited speaker at the graduation ceremony for the Philosophy Department at Virginia Tech. I talked about my experiences on the job market as a PhD, including diverted flights, vaporware, misanthropic questions, and ponies.
You can watch the video of my speech below. I was introduced by Jim Klagge, a professor in the department. I've also posted the script that I read from, although I deviated from it in a few places.
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, 2015, and 2018. 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.
Paul Erdös→Melvin Henriksen→Richard Gordon Wilson→Donald R. Perlis→Shomir Wilson