I got my PhD at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and was advised by Marek Druzdzel. I was a member of dr. Druzdzel's group, the Decision Systems Laboratory, and have been actively involved in the development of the GeNIe and SMILE software created by our lab. For my research I am interested in Bayesian networks and probabilistic graphical models in general. My main focus is on learning models from data, I am also interested in applying these models to real world problems. For my dissertation I worked on a project where I explored parallel inference and learning using the MapReduce framework, using Hadoop.