My PicI am a third year Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus in the area of Social Informatics.

I have been doing research for a couple of years now, and perhaps because of that, my research projects thus far have spanned many different areas. My first research experience dealt with trying to identify genetic markers that may be responsible for systemic lupus erythematosus. As an undergrad, I moved on to producing secure, semantically correct DTD and XML documents with multiple security levels, and finally I went on to create a search engine that both graphically and textually showed semantic connections between various words, documents, and authors. Finally, my master's degree work focused on improving the tools that are used by designers during the early stages of design work.

As can be noted by my prior research projects, my interests are broad, and I am interested in multi-displinary research. Currently, I am interested in understanding and improving the ways that people teach themselves or otherwise acquire technical knowledge and skills in non-traditional settings. The focus of my dissertation is on the non-traditional setting of online amateur multimedia communities.