I was born and continue to reside in Coconut Creek, Florida. As a young child, I was always captivated by discovering how things work. I attended Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, where I also played football and baseball, and received a scholarship to play baseball at Nyack College in Nyack, New York. I would spend two years at Nyack as a psychology major, but would begin to gravitate toward other areas of science, particularly biology. For my junior year, I moved back to South Florida and transferred to Florida Atlantic University, where I pursued a major in biology. It is there where I began to fall in love with the pleasure of finding things out as Richard Feynman famously said and where I would begin a journey into science. Since then, I have been fortunate to be involved in many different areas of research, from modeling invasive species in Lake Okeechobee to working on classification methods for satellite imagery to writing computer programs at the forefront of AI. I believe machines can do anything, and I look forward to a future where man and machine work together to accomplish far more than either one can alone. I began working with and helped start the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab at FAU around February 2015 and am currently working on a PhD at FAU’s Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. In my time there the past few years, I have not only worked on applying things like deep learning and sparse modeling to many different applications, but I have also helped create new methods and algorithms for deep learning, locally-competitive neural networks (LCA), and compressive sensing.