I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my wife Nevena and our son Kalen. Nevena and I are also adoptive parents to Rusty, our playful and rambunctious mini labradoodle. Before that we spent almost 10 years in San Francisco, a city we adore and consider our home town in the US. In 2009, my wife's clinical rotations and residency turned us into nomads and before settling down in Cambridge, we spent a couple of years living in a variety of places, including Sacramento (CA), Manhattan (NY), Santa Monica (CA), Honolulu and Kailua (HI), and finally, St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde (FL).
We love traveling, hiking, swimming, diving, skiing or just about any outdoor activity. We also love to sample restaurants of any ethnic cuisine (especially sushi!), watch movies and musicals. Since we've become parents, most of our free time is spent playing with our son and walking our labradoodle at a nearby park.
One of my greatest passions is photography, especially underwater photography. I try to squeeze in a dive trip every now and then. I was lucky to be able to dive on a weekly basis while living on Oahu in Hawaii. I've also had the pleasure to dive in Maui and the Big Island (Hawaii), Roatan and Utila (Honduras), Sea of Cortez, Cozumel and Riviera Maya Cenotes (Mexico), the Adriatic Sea (Croatia), the Island of Reunion (France), Little Cayman Island (Cayman Islands), the Bahamas, and West Palm Beach (Florida). I occasionaly enter underwater photography competitions. My biggest success so far has been winning the First Prize in the Wide Angle Unrestricted category at The Digital Shootout in Little Cayman organized by Backscatter.
I am very much interested in underwater diving safety and continue to improve my diving skills. I am a certified PADI Divemaster and a DAN (Dive Alert Network) member.
As for my professional life, I am a Computer Scientist and my field of expertise is computer graphics and computational fabrication. Since February of 2012 I am a PhD student and a member of the Computational Fabrication Group and the Computer Graphics Group within CSAIL at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My research advisor is Prof. Wojciech Matusik.
Before that, I spent 12 years working in industry as a graphics software engineer and researcher. From 2008 to 2012 I was a member of the Advanced Rendering Technology group at Intel, researching real-time rendering algorithms for use in the entertainment industry. From 2000 until 2008 I was a member of the R&D group at Pixar Animation Studios, with a short stint as a Technical Director in the Cars Lighting Department. My film credits include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and WALL-E.