Commencement on the Farm

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This Memorial Day Weekend, my sister Linnea is graduating from high school and is about to begin her career in mathematics at South Dakota State University. She is the likely valedictorian, most valuable female athlete of the year and member of too many organizations to count!

As the diaspora of our family and friends gathers from across the state and country, I am contemplating where my own projects will lead. Louis Ricard and I, two of the three co-founders of Tractors for Africa, will be heading to Burkina Faso during the middle of June. While there, we will train a cooperative of 10 farmers in the proper use and maintenance of farm equipment.

Additionally, I am collaborating with several colleagues and professors on research using machine learning to model biological systems – more details to come. As computer science and applied statistics continue to shape our world, it is a privilege to be a part of it and push the boundaries of what is possible.