I was born in La Mirada, a city in
Southern California near Disneyland. I lived there until college,
although we did move once from one side of La Mirada to the other.
I went to Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton. Ever since I left
it's had problems. Coincidence? I think not!
I was a Regents' Scholar at the University of California at
Berkeley. I graduated with a B.S. in EE/CS and a minor in
I received a School of Engineering fellowship
at Stanford University, where I earned a
Ph.D. I worked in the group of Professor Dan Boneh, where
I concentrated on the intersection of
electrical engineering and cryptography. More information is
waiting for you on my research
I was married in October 2005 to my girlfirend of 9.75 years. We honeymooned
I have a great family, but they live 500 miles away and I don't get
to see them much. My Dad is a city councilman in La Mirada and teaches pharmacy
tech. at a local college. My brother graduated from Yale and is now a graduate student
in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in
Seattle. My Mom is the reason that we're still sane. She does a
lot of volunteer work in the comunity.
My parents have a cat, Thorn, who has to live in the laundry room
because he goes to the bathroom on the furniture. They also have a
dog, Puppy, who was a stray a many years ago and is now a member of
the family. Puppy loves everyone.
Our dog, Rose, died a few years ago. She was a Cairn Terrier, like
The Wizard of Oz. She was very old, and luckily I happened
to visit only a few days before it happened. I was her favorite,
and she was mine.
We have some more pets, but they have their own page.
I was the president of a couple of martial arts clubs at Stanford,
the Stanford Aikido Club,
and the Aiki-weapons
club, but I had to abdicate the presidencies to work on my
disesrtation. I still practice both martial arts, though, and also
practice weapons under Tetsutaka
Sugawara. In the past I dabbled in Hung Gar kung fu,
Judo, wrestling, Tai Chi, and Systema, and wish I could continue
to practice them all.
I try to lift weights and jog a couple of times each per week.
I enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and listen
mostly to classic rock, heavy metal, and 80's music.
And now, what you've all been waiting for... Cathy! She's the bestest. Almost 11 years
and we're still going strong.