Biography

Adam graduated with Honors from Hempfield Area High School in 2005 after he already started classes at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, the previous fall. He transferred to the University's main campus in the fall of 2005. He enrolled as a full-time student to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the School of Arts and Sciences. Adam graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in December of 2009. While his undergraduate experience was incredibly enriching and beneficial, Adam particularly enjoyed CS 1510 and CS 1511, two CS flagship courses in theory of computation. Both courses were challenging, as they forced him to broaden his perspective and dig deep into his computational thinking skills to solve complex computational problems. However, they were also rewarding because they exposed him to the essence and true nature of computing: what is solvable and to what remains computationally unsolvable. Combined, they solidified his passion for Computer Science and increased his interests substantively in going deeper into the discipline.

While attending college, Adam worked at ANSYS Inc, as a co-op student. In this capacity, he assisted in designing the help server infrastructure to support its suite of products. His main contribution was developing and integrating a client/server approach to make all products share the same help system to give users a consistent experience. In 2011, he joined the University of Pittsburgh as a member of the Department of Computer Science Technical Staff. In this position, Adam assumed increasingly challenging leadership roles, culminating in his appointment as the coordinator of the Department of Computer Science Technical Staff and the external liaison between the Tech Staff and other business units, students, and the public. His accomplishments include successfully leading a multi-year project to convert the CS Department accounts into Pitt IT accounts, facilitating the design, acquisition, and deployment of a large cloud computing research cluster, and leading the design and implementation of several websites to support critical activities of the Computer Science Department and later the School of Computing and Information. These include courses.sci.pitt.edu, tracker.sci.pitt.edu, and the previous incarnation of cs.pitt.edu, a core feature of which later became courses.sci.pitt.edu.

As an external liaison, his direct exposure to computer users provided him with a unique perspective on how humans interact with computers. Pushing him to examine and ponder the question of how to develop computer systems that fit human capabilities, connect to their users, and adhere to their practices. The burning quest to further explore this question is at the core of his desire to pursue an MSIS degree in Human-Centered Computing in the School of Computing and Information.

Adam and Mickey Mouse

Interests

  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Web Development
  • Linux
  • Open Source
  • Walt Disney World
  • Hiking

Interests

  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Web Development
  • Linux
  • Open Source
  • Walt Disney World
  • Hiking
Adam and Mickey Mouse