I was born in December 1964, which places me squarely on the cusp between the "baby boomers" and "generation X". I grew up in Corning, NY, where I graduated as salutatorian of Corning-Painted Post East High School in 1983. I earned two bachelor of science (S.B.) degrees from MIT, one in chemical engineering (1987) and one in biology (1988).
After college, I worked for five years as a chemical process engineer for Advanced Magnetics, and then eight years as a software engineer and operations manager for several startup companies. I started my teaching career in 2003.
I married my wife Nancy (a fellow MIT graduate) in 1996, and we went to Antarctica on our honeymoon. We have two daughters, Margaret and Laura.
My primary interests outside of school are music and dance. I play viola with Symphony by the Sea and the New England Philharmonic and I sing with theNorth Cambridge Family Opera Company. I am the dance foreman (teacher) for two morris dance teams: Red Herring Morris, an adult team, and Banbury Cross Morris, a children's team (age 9 through high school). I have a wide range of other hobbies and interests as well, including caving, scuba diving, coffee roasting, locksmithing, LARPs/roleplaying games, bicycling, travel, amateur radio, camping & hiking, computers, photography, community theater, trains, skiing, and coins.