I was born in New Jersey, USA in 1992 and moved to Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2002. In 2010, I enrolled at Utrecht University in the Double Bachelor Program Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2014, I continued my studies with the master program Game and Media Technology, also at Utrecht University. With my thesis, Immersive Multimodal Virtual Reality Experiences – Using Visual and Auditory Stimuli to Improve Tactile Experiences, I won the Ngi-NGN Informatie Scriptieprijs 2015, awarded by the KHMW in Haarlem. Based on a self-written research proposal, I was later granted a PhD position in Game Research at Utrecht University in 2015. During my PhD I helped establish the ICS PhD Council together with fellow PhD candidate Nico Naus, and was a member of the Science Faculty Council.

Outside of work I enjoy cooking and baking, and regularly hand out freshly baked goodies to my colleagues. Also, I like to work in my tiny garden patch where I grow my own vegetables, while my dog chases away the neighborhood cats. Lastly, I try my best to live as sustainable as possible, and am always looking for new ways to live a greener life.

Thesis Prize (photo: Hilde de Wolf)
My dog, Kees.