Research Interests

I am a systems researcher interested in operating systems, state management, mobile devices, VR, and virtualization. I'm currently researching a way to eliminate state spill by developing a new OS from scratch with design principles inspired by RESTful web architectures, which mitigates the complex lasting effects of interactions between various modules/entities in the OS.

In the past I have worked on virtual reality, I/O virtualization, multiscreen streaming frameworks, static analysis of device drivers, software engineering tools for change impact analysis, and novel debugging procedures for mobile robotics.

Academics

I'm currently a Ph.D. student at Rice University working with Dr. Lin Zhong as part of the Rice Efficient Computing Group (RECG). I first joined RECG in the summer of 2012, and so far I'm heartily enjoying my graduate experience here.
In 2011, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, where I focused on embedded systems and software.
After graduating from UT Austin, I continued as a graduate student in UT Austin's Software Engineering department for one year until I transferred to Rice.

About me

I was born and raised in north Dallas, TX, where I attended Lake Highlands High School. My father worked as a patent lawyer and my mother was an insurance agent and homemaker during my childhood. I have one younger brother who is currently a student at the renowned McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking all kinds of cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, new American, and Italian. I have always been a musical person; I started playing classical piano at the age of 6 and haven't stopped since. I also played jazz saxophone all throughout high school (and once in college) and, as a result, I'm a huge fan of jazz and big band swing. I enjoy things related to Chinese and Vietnamese culture, and can speak some Chinese (don't test me...) after spending a summer in Beijing.

My wife and I live in Houston with our dog Puma. She currently works as a hardware developer for IBM.