Leadership

Julius Fridriksson – Director

Julius Fridriksson is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a SmartState Endowed Chair of Memory and Brain Functioning. He graduated from the Sudurnes Community College (Iceland) with a university preparatory degree (studentsprof) and later completed his M.A. in speech pathology at the University of Central Florida. He then received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2001. Following completion of Ph.D. study, Dr. Fridriksson joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina.  In 2016, he received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR).  He is currently serving as the Vice President of Research at the University of South Carolina.

Dirk den Ouden – Primary Investigator

Dirk den Ouden is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He was trained in formal phonology and syntax at the University of      Groningen in the Netherlands, and completed postdoctoral training in EEG and functional MRI, before moving to the University of South Carolina in 2010. Dirk directs the Neurolinguistics Lab and serves as the interim director of the Aphasia Lab in 2021-2022.  Dirk’s research interest lies in the relation between language representations and language use, and in how their interplay is affected in language disorders.    He has combined models based on linguistic theory with psycho- and neurolinguistic evidence in the investigation of language processing and impairment, particularly in the domains of phonology and syntax. However, he is also very much interested in the use of drama and music to improve quality of life in speakers with aphasia!

Leigh Ann Spell – Associate Director

Leigh Ann Spell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Associate Director of the Aphasia Laboratory at the University of South Carolina. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UofSC. She graduated with a B.S. in Education/Speech-Language Therapy from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and obtained her M.S.P. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina specializing in working with individuals with communicative/cognitive disorders secondary to traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders. She was a professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Columbia College for 16 years and has had a private practice in which she has worked with both children and adults with cognitive/communicative disorders.

Roger Newman-Norlund – Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging (MCBI)

Roger is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in how the brain supports language production and comprehension. As a graduate student at Dartmouth College he mapped brain changes accompanying sound and gesture-based second language acquisition. As part of the Aphasia Lab at the University of South Carolina he uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand how the brain changes as people get older, as well as how the brain adapts following traumatic events. He has over a decade of experience in the application of computer technology-based training interventions designed to develop communication skills in clinical populations including stroke, traumatic brain injury and autism.

Hanh Adkins – Office & Financial Manager/Accountant

Hanh Adkins is originally from Columbia, SC and received her Master’s degree in Accounting from the Darla Moore School of Business at UofSC. She has enjoyed her time and experience gained at the Aphasia Laboratory and looks forward to continuing her work with the C-STAR team. In her spare time, Hanh enjoys spending time with her dogs, family and friends.

Staff

Makayla Gibson

Makayla Gibson – Database Manager

Makayla Gibson recently took on the role of database manager for the UofSC Aphasia Lab. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 2018 and has started her studies as a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology Program at UofSC. Her research interests include neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques to study stroke and aphasia outcomes. Makayla is a South Carolina native who enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors!  

Kelli Powell – Administrative Assistant

Kelli Powell is the Administrative Assistant in the Aphasia Laboratory. She has a B.S. in Business Administration & Management Science from the Darla Moore School of Business at UofSC. Although originally from southwest Florida, Kelli has called Columbia, SC home since obtaining her degree. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family but can usually be found at a baseball game or Gamecock sporting event.

Research Associates

Mary Aitchison – Speech-Language Pathologist

Mary Aitchison, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Research Associate and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR). She graduated with her B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph in Canada, and was awarded her Master’s and Ph.D. in Speech Pathology degrees from the University of South Carolina. With a career nearing 3 decades, Dr. Aitchison has held positions that allowed her to maintain and share her passion for clinical practice and collaboration in conjunction with teaching, supervision, and research. She served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UofSC School of Medicine – Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics, and as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical experience includes specialization in the rehabilitation of adults impacted by stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions.

Allison Croxton – Speech-Language Pathologist

Allison Croxton, M.S.P., CCC-SLP, is a research associate for the Center for the Study for Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR). Raised primarily in Central Kentucky, she moved to Columbia, SC during high school. She graduated from Dreher High School (’94), and earned a B.A. in English from Wofford College (’98). Her interests in language acquisition/recovery, the power of communication, and her desire to work in a field where she could help improve others’ quality of life, led her to pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated in 2000 with her Master of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Allison is excited to be a part of such important research, and is continually inspired by the individuals and families with whom she works. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her three children, extended family, and friends. She also enjoys walking, yoga, reading, photography & music.

Cissy Farrar – Speech-Language Pathologist

Sandra (Cissy) Farrar, M.C.D., CCC-SLP, is a research associate for the Center for the Study for Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR) and the Speech Neuroscience Lab. She graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Speech Language Pathology in 2001 and a MA in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2005. Cissy has held various positions as a Speech Language Pathologist, targeting age groups within early childhood and geriatric populations. Her recent clinical experience focused on rehabilitation of adults affected by stroke and other neurological conditions. Her passion lies in validation and improvement of life’s quality and purpose of individuals experiencing communication deficits. Cissy enjoys outside activities (specifically beach time), playing the piano and spending time with family.

Sarah Newman-Norlund

Sarah Newman-Norlund

Sarah Newman-Norlund is a research associate for the Aging Brain Cohort (ABC) which is a research team dedicated to understanding the factors influencing brain health across the adult lifespan. She graduated from Mary Washington College (VA) with a B.A. in Psychology (2001) and earned her Master’s in Psychological and Brain Sciences (2003).  Sarah moved to Columbia, SC with her husband Roger in 2009 from the Netherlands where she worked on an international research project looking at communicative intentions and the brain. She has dedicated her career to research in multiple domains including cancer research, communication, cognition, neuroscience, and pediatric medicine.  Everything is better with teamwork and she loves being a part of ABC and C-STAR.  Sarah also enjoys spending time with her three children, hiking, baking, making jewelry, and walking her dog Bella. 

Sara Sayers

Sara Sayers – Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara Sayers is a Research Associate for the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery and the Aging Brain Cohort. She graduated with a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology at Towson University in 2009. She is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in adult neurogenic communication disorders. Her current focus is investigating how peoples’ brain health changes as they age as well as the neurological and social-emotional impacts of COVID-19 on recovered individuals. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing yoga, walking, and trying out new recipes.

Research Faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Natalie Hetherington

Natalie Hetherington

Natalie (Busby) Hetherington, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow from the UK where she earned both her B.S. in Psychology and Biology and M.Res. in Neuroscience from Newcastle University. She graduated with her doctoral degree from the Neuroscience and Aphasia Unit at the University of Manchester at the end of last year before moving to SC. Her research interests include using neuroimaging, in particular structural connectivity, to investigate language recovery post-stroke. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys travelling and photography. 

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson Norris, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Aphasia Lab. Prior to completing her doctoral degree at UofSC, she received her B.S. from Arizona State University in Speech and Hearing Science where she found a passion for studying adult neurogenic disorders. Her primary research interests include investigating the behavioral and neural factors which predict treatment response and aphasia severity, how neural synchrony can impact language ability, and the effects of overall health on neural changes after stroke. She recently started gardening and loves to show off her fresh tomatoes and cucumbers any chance she gets!

Sigfus Kristinsson

Sigfus Kristinsson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Aphasia Lab. Sigfus graduated with a B.A. in Icelandic from the University of Iceland and later completed his M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the University of Iceland. Sigfus worked clinically as an SLP after graduation, primarily providing speech therapy to stroke survivors. He then completed his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2021. Following completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Kristinsson joined the UofSC Aphasia Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. 

Alex Teghipco

Alex Teghipco is a postdoctoral fellow. Alex studied psycholinguistics at the University of Rochester, where he received a B.A in brain and cognitive science as well as philosophy. He spent two years studying language reorganization in epilepsy and stroke patients at the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging before getting his Ph.D in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine. Alex is interested in understanding which changes in the brain following injury facilitate language recovery. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, especially while hiking, camping, and playing board games.”

Doctoral Students

Lauren Hammond

Lauren Hammond, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and doctoral student. She graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a B.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and from California Baptist University with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.  Most recently, Lauren worked as an SLP in a variety of medical settings including skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation, and sub-acute rehabilitation, specializing in adult cognitive and linguistic evaluation and treatment. Lauren’s research interests include formal measurement of functional communication and how psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic features of speech and language use impact quality of life and life participation in persons with aphasia. 

Samaneh Nemati

Samaneh Nemati, M.S, Biomedical Engineering is a doctoral student in the Aphasia Laboratory at the University of South Carolina. She graduated with a M.S in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience at Ferdowsi University (Iran). Then she joined Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the National Center for PTSD, as a Postgraduate Associate Researcher where her work focused on applying connectivity-based approaches to elucidate biomarkers of stress-related psychiatric disorders. Her current focus is application of multivariate methods of data analysis to neuroimaging data of healthy and damaged brains, with a particular emphasis on a clinical population of stroke survivors.

Nicholas Riccardi

Nicholas Riccardi is a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at UofSC. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from UofSC in 2015. He uses neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and lesion-symptom mapping to study the neural organization of language processing. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and travelling.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is a doctoral student in the Linguistics program, specializing in Psycholinguistics. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Tennessee in 2018 and her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina in 2022. She is a member of the Aging Brain Cohort (ABC) team in the Aphasia Lab. Her research interests include using behavioral and brain stimulation techniques to study lexical and syntactic processing, linguistic alignment, and the role of memory in discourse. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, horseback riding, exploring historic sites, and spending time with family.

Graduate Students

Mollie Baar

Mollie Baar is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at the University of South Carolina.  She is from Columbia City, Indiana and received her undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences with a minor in ASL. Mollie looks forward to gaining experience and knowledge about aphasia while working in the lab. She likes to spend her free time outdoors with her dog, reading a book, or being with friends.

Alexis Baldwin

Alexis Baldwin is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. She is from Dallas, North Carolina and graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minors in Special Education and Psychology. Alexis is excited to experience everything Columbia has to offer. She interested in working in a hospital setting with adults who have neurogenic disorders or dysphagia in the future. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, watching baseball, visiting new places, as well as spending time with her friends and family.

Katie Beman

Katie Beman is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. She is from Ponte Vedra, Florida and obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology from UofSC. In the future, Katie hopes to eventually work with adults or children who have neurogenic disorders and is very excited to have the opportunity to work in the Aphasia Lab. In her free time, she loves to go on walks, read, and hang out with her friends and family.

Lacey Boss

Lacey Boss is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from UofSC with a B.A. in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. Lacey is excited to be a part of the Aphasia lab and is looking forward to learning more about stroke research. She is interested in working with children in a school or hospital setting. Lacey loves spending time with friends and family, going on walks, and watching movies.

Kristen DeJulio

Hello, my name is Kristen DeJulio! I am a proud 2021 graduate of UofSC with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. While I earned my degree in SC, I am originally from New York. I have so loved my time at Carolina and am honored to be continuing my education here in the COMD Master’s program to fulfill my dream of becoming a Speech Pathologist! There is so much to be learned and many people to meet, and I wouldn’t want to do so anywhere else. Go Gamecocks! 

Abby Fleenor

Abby Fleenor is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. She is from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and a minor in Gerontology. Abby is interested in working in a pediatric medical setting. In her free time, Abby enjoys reading, going to the gym, and watching reality television. Abby is excited to experience all that UofSC & South Carolina have to offer!

India Godlock

Hi! My name is India Godlock. I am a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. I received my undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am thrilled to be working towards becoming an SLP, and I hope to one day work with young children. I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to work in the Aphasia lab throughout my time as a graduate student here at UofSC, and I look forward to learning a lot through this experience.

Lauren Grimes

Lauren Grimes is a graduate student in the University of South Carolina Speech-Language Pathology program. She is from Johnsonville, SC, and graduated from Francis Marion University with a B.A. in Mass Communication. Though she is excited to learn about all aspects of Speech-Language Pathology, she is interested in working with individuals with neurogenic disorders, specifically traumatic brain injuries and strokes. Outside of her studies, Lauren enjoys going to concerts, working out, visiting state and national parks, and hanging out with friends and family.

Emily Huckaby

Emily Huckaby is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is originally from Griffin, GA and attend the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has always been interested in working with children, but she is really excited to expand her interests and gain some experience with adults and neurogenic disorders in the Aphasia lab. Emily also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to see musicals, and attending concerts.

Leona Kelly

Leona Kelly is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology at UofSC. Leona aspires to work with children or adults with neurologically based disorders in the hospital setting. In her free time, she enjoys stunting and tumbling with former teammates that she cheered with at UofSC.

Corrie LaBelle

Corrie LaBelle is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Nashua, New Hampshire and she graduated with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders and Spanish with a psychology minor from the University of Alabama. Roll tide! Although she is excited to learn what all the field has to offer, Corrie is especially interested in neurogenic communicative disorders. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors and hang out with friends and family.

Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Warsaw, Virginia and earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Virginia with a major in Speech Communication Disorders and a minor is Psychology. Anna hopes to work with children in the future, and is excited to be a part of the Aphasia Lab. She is excited to be in Columbia and explore a new city. Outside of her studies, she enjoys going to farmer’s markets, walking her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

Gisele Martin

Hello, my name is Gisele Martin, and I am a graduate student in the Speech Language Pathology Program at the University of South Carolina. I attended Florida State University for undergrad, where I studied Communication Sciences and Disorders. I originally wanted to pursue the field of SLP after a medical mission trip to Nicaragua in high school, and more specifically want to work with aphasia now that I have some clinical experience under my belt. In my free time, I enjoy being by the ocean and grabbing coffee with friends.

Allison Mehler

Allison Mehler is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Cumming, GA and received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a minor in Business at the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!! She is so excited to be a graduate assistant on the Aging Brain Cohort team and hopes to work with children in the medical setting one day. In her free time, Allison enjoys road trips, making brunch, working out, and spending time outside.

Aubrey Nickelsen

Aubrey Nickelsen is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. I grew up in Connecticut, but have been in Atlanta, Georgia since high school! I received my undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Auburn University…War Eagle! I hope to work with children or adults who have neurogenic disorders and have a particular interest in those who have had a stroke or a traumatic brain injury. In my free time, I love being active, traveling to visit friends and family, and trying new recipes.

Kiera Rendon

Kiera Rendon is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Sarasota Florida and earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Child Development from Florida State University. She is looking forward to all of the opportunities she has to work with people with aphasia in the lab and the aphasia groups. Kiera hopes to work in private practice or a medical setting with older populations with neurogenic diseases. Outside of being in the lab, she likes to be outside, listen and play music, and do some gardening and taking care of her plants.

Laney Ruth

Laney Ruth is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. She is from Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minors in Psychology and Music Performance. Laney wants to work with adults with aphasia and is excited about the knowledge she will gain from assisting in the Aging Brain Cohort. In her free time, she enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with her cat.

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Yardley, Pennsylvania, and earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Spanish from Penn State University. She is excited to be a graduate assistant on the Aging Brain Cohort team in the Aphasia Lab. Kelly aspires to work in a medical setting as an SLP after graduation, with particular interest in stroke, TBI, and neurodegenerative disorders so she can help these patients regain their communication skills. Outside of her studies, Kelly enjoys working out and going places with friends.

Kristi Snow

Kristi Snow is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at UofSC. She is from Alexandria, VA and graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Communication. Kristi hopes to work with adults in a medical setting in the future, and is excited to gain experience in the Aphasia Lab. In her free time, Kristi enjoys cooking and baking, spending time outside, and going for walks with her dog.

Gianna Venafra

Gianna Venafra is a graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of South Carolina. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Linguistics. Gianna is most interested in working in a medical setting with children or adults who have neurogenic disorders. Gianna is grateful for the opportunity to work in the Aphasia lab and is looking forward to gaining more experience. She is excited to live in a new city and cannot wait to explore all Columbia has to offer!

Undergraduate Students

Carlyn Gibbs

Carlyn Gibbs is an undergraduate student at The University of South Carolina originally from Lexington, SC. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health. She hopes to attend graduate school to receive her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology and to one day be able to work in the hospital helping stroke patients. In her free time, she loves to try new restaurants with friends, wakeboarding, working out, and traveling!

Lindsay Gilchrist

Lindsay Gilchrist is an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and on a Pre-Med track. Lindsay is particularly interested in Neuroscience and is eager to explore more about neurological diseases as well as conduct research in brain health and how the brain recovers after injury. After graduating in 2023, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in Neurology. During her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, in addition to reading, traveling, and exercising.

Emily Gunter

Hi! My name is Emily Gunter. I am from Vale, North Carolina. I am an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, graduating in May 2023. I am majoring in Public Health and am on the Pre-Med track with plans to go to Medical School. I currently work as a Nurse Aide and enjoy working with all types of patients. In the future, I hope to work in trauma and emergency medicine as a doctor. Brain injuries and strokes are both particularly interesting to me, as they affect many aspects of the patient’s life.

Jade Hannan

Jade Hannan

Jade is an undergraduate student in the South Carolina Honors College studying biology, neuroscience, and French. She is interested in neuroplasticity and exploring how the brain recovers after injury. Originally from Atlantic Beach, Florida, Jade aspires to attend medical school and serve others as a compassionate listener and advocate. In her spare time, Jade enjoys baking, playing tennis, and visiting national parks with her family.

Reagan Muncus

Reagan Muncus is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree with a B.A. in Public Health. She is originally from Greenville, SC and is currently living in Columbia before applying to graduate programs for a Master’s in Speech Pathology. Reagan looks forward to gaining experience in the field over the next year with a clinical speech therapy group in the area. Reagan enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two dogs! She also enjoys spending her free time exercising, reading, and in the outdoors.

Gillian Nyland

Gillian is an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina majoring in Public Health. She is from Charleston, SC. After graduation in May of 2024, Gillian plans to obtain a Master’s degree to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Gillian is interested in helping individuals of all ages and various needs in a hospital setting. As a member of the executive board of the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Interest Group (SLPAIG), Gillian is able to gain meaningful experience and make connections within the community. In her free time, Gillian enjoys exercising and spending time with friends and family.

Lexi Paulson

Lexi Paulson

Lexi is an undergraduate student at the South Carolina Honors College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Psychology. She hopes to attend graduate school to receive her Master’s degree with a specialty in tissue engineering and prosthetics. She plans to combine these two fields in order to ease a patient’s discomfort when receiving treatment for a disability. In her free time, Lexi is an avid hockey fan and enjoys watching games with friends.

Lexi Paulson

Trusha Patel

Hey everyone, my name is Trusha Patel, and I am an undergraduate student at the South Carolina Honors College majoring in Public Health B.S. and minoring in Business Administration. After graduation in 2024, I plan on attending medical school and pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. In my free time, I enjoy working out, trying new foods, traveling, and playing tennis.

Halle Spanke

Halle Spanke is an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina majoring in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Biology. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in psychiatry. She enjoys spending her free time reading a good book or doing yoga.

Kyler Spell

Kyler Spell is an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina studying Computer Science. Kyler would like to extend his studies into research. He has a passion for computing and technology and their integration into our world. As a classically trained musician, he enjoys listening to and playing a variety of different musical styles.  He is currently a member of the Carolina Marching Band. He enjoys watching all kinds of sports and especially Gamecock athletics programs.