I received my undergraduate degree in computer science from University of Maryland in 2009. I moved out to California in 2010 to pursue a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, but chose to leave the program early (with a Masters) in pursuit of more entrepreneurial goals.
I have been coding since I was 15 when I had the opportunity to take a high school class on Visual Basic and C++. I was encouraged to take the class by my father, who is also a software engineer. In fact, largely due to his influence, I have known since before I knew how to program that I was a going to be a computer scientist. At age 8 I asked my parents to get our first family computer, admittedly because I wanted to play KidPix. At age 12, I wrote in my 6th grade year book that my future career would be as a "software engineer." (I was actually shocked to see this when I looked through the book 8 years later.)
Janoch, A., Karayev, S., Jia, Y., Barron, J. T., Fritz, M., Saenko, K., & Darrell, T. (2013). A category-level 3d object dataset: Putting the kinect to work. In Consumer Depth Cameras for Computer Vision (pp. 141-165). Springer London.
Saha, B., Hoch, A., Khuller, S., Raschid, L., & Zhang, X. N. (2010, January). Dense subgraphs with restrictions and applications to gene annotation graphs. In Research in Computational Molecular Biology (pp. 456-472). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. (maiden name Hoch)
Saenko, K., Karayev, S., Jia, Y., Shyr, A., Janoch, A., Long, J., Fritz, M., & Darrell, T. (2011, September). Practical 3-D object detection using category and instance-level appearance models. In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on (pp. 793-800). IEEE.