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University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Linguistics (May 2001).
Dissertation title: Conspiracy in Historical Phonology.
Dissertation advisor: Donald A. Ringe, Jr.

University of Delaware
M. A. in Linguistics (May 1994)

West Virginia University
M. A. in Language Teaching Methods (August 1991). Focus on electronic technology in language teaching.
B. A. in Linguistics and German (December 1989). Graduated summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; received several other distinctions.


Pittsburgh, PA
Machine Translation Localization Engineer
December 2016-current

Humedica (United Health Group)
Boston, MA
Natural Language Processing Software Engineer
February 2015-November 2016

Nuance Communications, Inc.
Burlington, MA
Senior Speech Scientist
March 2007-February 2015

Europäische Akademie
Bozen, Italy
Senior Researcher
June 2006-Feb 2007

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
Visiting Assistant Professor
Sept 2001-Aug 2006

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
1995-1999 (intermittent)

Linguistic Data Consortium
Philadelphia, PA
Research Assistant

Additional experience

Technical skills

Primary skills: Unix/Linux command line, Perl, XML, HTML, SQL/MySQL, Nuance NR9 voice recognizer.

Selected additional skills: Python, Java, C/C++, JavaScript, machine learning, LAMP web development, CSS, Catalyst (Perl-based MVC web framework), Tk, ImageMagick, yacc, lex, TeX.


Patent 9,338,294: Automated Task Definitions. A novel graph-partitioning method.


Following are the languages I speak:

I studied the following languages formally for one to two semesters each:

Modern languages:

  • French (can read French with a dictionary)
  • Somali
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Dutch
  • American Sign Language

Pre-modern languages:

  • Latin
  • Classical Greek
  • Old English
  • Old Icelandic
  • Middle High German
  • Gothic
  • Tocharian A
  • Tocharian B
Last updated 11 August 2019