Tom grew up in northern New Jersey outside of New York City. He misses the pizza, sushi, and incomparable bagels, but has learned to live without the traffic. Tom attended Harvard for college and received his BA magna cum laude with highest honors in computer science and mathematics. At Harvard, he conducted and published research in computational biology and completed a software engineering internship at Google. After graduation, he briefly escaped the east coast to work in Silicon Valley as a researcher at an artificial intelligence and robotics company. But after two years, Boston beckoned him back for a PhD at MIT in computer science. His studies at MIT are supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship (offered to the top 5-10% of entering MIT graduate students).
Tom was a Teaching Fellow and Head Teaching Fellow for two years at Harvard in two computer science courses (CS 20 and CS 121). Based on student evaluations, he was awarded the Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching three times. He also volunteered with the Digital Literacy Project for three years, teaching computer programming to middle and high school students in Boston. Between high school and college, Tom tutored students in the SAT and admissions essay writing.
When Tom is not working, he enjoys watching terrible reality TV shows with his girlfriend and their dog Nomsy.