Connor is a first year PhD Student in the Computer Science department at the University of Arizona. He acquired his Bachelors in Philosophy in 2012 and his Masters of Computer Science in 2018, both from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). For his Masters, Connor worked with the cyber-infrastructure lab at UNR to develop software and tools for earth and environmental scientists studying the Great Basin. In his master's thesis he proposed a framework for automated quality control on streaming earth science data.
Presently my research interests lie at the intersection of Visualization and High Performance Computing. Specifically, through user studies and data analysis, I'm evaluating the types of graphs which have been used in debugging and visualizing HPC software for years. Potentially, this could lead to the development of improved or entirely new visualization techniques for HPC programs.
What long-term project do you want to work on?
Long-term, I am interested in the development and architecture of systems which could optimize the real-time collection of visualization data extracted from running, massively-parallel code. To accompany this would be the development of optimized real-time or near-real time debugging software/ visualizations.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
My work gives me something meaningful to do everyday. I do not feel like I am doing some repetitive task that needs to be done or filling an empty seat as an anonymous worker. I have a lot of control over what I do, and near absolute control over how it gets done. It's very empowering.
What are your career goals?
I am interested in becoming a tenure track professor of Computer Science. Ideally, at a R1 research institution in an area where the temperature never gets above 100 deg.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I have professionally written articles as a freelance journalist for a video games website when I was an undergrad. I have been published in academic journals since then, but this was the only time I was payed for my writing. Accordingly, I can say that I am technically a professional author.