ACADEMIC & RESEARCH
Since 2012 I have been taking business courses at UC Berkeley's HaaS School of Business toward a Certificate of Business Excellence to keep my business learnings fresh from days gone by of entrepreneurship and complementary business degree to my CS degree from Carleton University.
I graduated in the top 3 of my computer science (BCS) class in 2004 and received a medal for outstanding academic achievement. I went on to be sponsored for my MCS for which I focused on network security and algorithms. My MCS Thesis is available to download as a PDF. Here's also its accompanying download of the modified Snort source code or just view or clone it from my GitHub.
I have one "official" research paper published and presented at SIGCOMM 2009 PRESTO Workshop: Rapid Service Creation using the JUNOS SDK. These days I speak at too many conferences and events to count.
I am a trained sommelier since 2009 and have enjoyed visiting hundred of vineyards, wineries, breweries, etc. Some highlights other than this 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothchild include visits to:
- Bordeaux area: Mouton-Rothchild, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Palmer, Pape-Clément and L'Evangile.
- Germany: Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl and of course Oktoberfest :)
- Italy: Tuscan countryside and Enoteca di Fonterutoli
- USA: Ridge Montebello, Vérité, Opus One, Joseph Phelps, Pride Mountain, Vine Cliff, Viader, Stag's Leap Cellars and of course the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Show.
- Canada: Stratus, Megalomaniac, Tawse, Hidden Bench, 30 Bench, Southbrook, Fielding
- Jersey/UK: If you're in Jersey (the island, not NJ), there is a picturesque little winery to visit with wine and other local specialties like black butter.
- Beer: Check out your local Whole Food Market's bars for some good stuff! I like the Hitachino's ... Also I lived in Belgium for a year, so yeah ;)
- Whiskey: I still need to visit some Japanese spots, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Jameson in Dublin, and would highly recommend it.
- Cognac: The cognac houses transforming Ugni Blanc with years and love and alchemy north of Bordeaux are a treat, but my brother got us the hookup to privately tour Remy Martin's Louis XIII cellars, home to elite 100+ year old cognacs that start from $3000/bottle!
Yoga is a passion of mine. It keeps my head straight and helps me to deal with life's challenges off the mat. I've been practicing since 2005 and became a certified yoga teacher in 2014. More...
I love to play the guitar and cook. While my guitar skills are decent, my chefing skills are superb because I have passion and practice since I was a just boy. For more, check out my resume.