Academic Bio

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Alabama working in the area of Model-Driven Engineering. I am currently funded as part of an NSF grant (NSF CE21). As part of this grant, I aid with a variety of activities including developing curriculum for a CS Principles course, running professional development workshops for teachers across Alabama, as well as developing material and running an onlince course with over 900 teachers including teachers from 47 states across the US and over 25 countries. I was previously funded by a fellowship from the Department of Education (GAANN). As a GAANN fellow I taught undergraduate courses and performed research in the area of Software Engineering focusing on investigating Debugging for Model Transformations. I graduated with a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in May of 2012. While working toward my M.S., I was funded by an Assistantship provided by Text-to-Art, an NSF grant. My primary responsibilities for this grant included developing course materials for a CS2 course focused on taking textual input then producing artistic output and aiding the organization and management of outreach activities in local elementary schools with over 40 elementary students per semester being mentored by 10-15 university students.

While working toward my M.S. and Ph.D., I have been a member of the Software Engineering Group at the University of Alabama. I have taught and assisted teaching several undergraduate classes at UA and have also been involved with numerous outreach programs in the Tuscaloosa area (e.g., teaching a robotics club at a local middle school).

I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in May of 2009. During this time, I participated in the Cooperative Education Program which consisted of three semesters working at AT&T with the DATA group, a part of AT&T Labs. Through the Cooperative Education Program I gained significant industry experience with small scale software engineering projects.


I was married to the love of my life, Stephanie Corley shortly before beginning my graduate studies. My wife and I are both originally from Birmingham, AL. We have been blessed with three children.

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Did she steal Linus's blanket!?!