Academic Degrees

2011-2012              PhD student, University of California Santa Barbara, Linguistics
                                    - Left the program in good standing to accept a position
                                      as NLU Research Engineer for Nuance Communications Inc.

2008-2010              MA, University of Colorado, Linguistics (TESOL emphasis)

2004-2008              BA, University of Colorado, Chinese and Anthropology

Other Educational Experience

2006-2007              Intensive Chinese language instruction, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

2003-2004              Studied Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Durham, UK

Teaching Experience

2011-2012              Teaching Assistant, First Year Chinese, UC Santa Barbara

Spring 2011             Adjunct Faculty, University of Northern Colorado
                                    - English grammar for English majors

2010-2011              Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
                                    - ESL Classes in Conversation, Grammar, and Reading
Beginning Chinese

2010-2011              Private Tutor of English and Chinese

2010-2011              Freelance copy-editing and proofreading of academic papers

Other Employment History

2013-Present        Natural Language Understanding Research Engineer, Nuance Communications, Inc.
Developing NLU grammars for DragonTV in English and Mandarin

2012                     Contractor, Ian Martin Inc.
                                    - Computational Linguistics Contractor for Nuance Communications
                                    - Developing NLU grammars for DragonTV in English and Mandarin

2011-2012              Graduate Student Assistant, UCSB Letters and Science IT
                                    - Developing the use of technology in foreign language instruction

2012                       Lab Manager, UCSB Linguistics Department

2008-2010               Computer Support, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado

2004-2008               Computer Support, University of Colorado IT Department

Language Skills

  • Mandarin Chinese
    • Near-native fluency
    • Taught Mandarin at University level
    • Uses Mandarin as a primary home language
  • Japanese
    • Received one year of University instruction
  • French
    • Studied throughout secondary school

Technical Skills

  • 6 years working in computer support positions, including experience with:
    • Hardware support
    • Networking
    • Desktop support
    • Lab management
    • Server management
  • Computational linguistics skills:
    • R scripting for statistical analysis and corpus linguistics
    • Experienced with ELAN, Praat, Audacity
    • Python scripting
    • Regular Expressions
    • Shell scripting
    • XML
    • UNIX
    • Natural Language Processing interests:
      • Natural Language Understanding grammars
      • N-gram language modeling
      • Text classification
      • Sentiment analysis
      • Machine learning
    • Graduate-level training in acoustic and auditory phonetics


"Cross-linguistic variation in turn-taking practices" Poster session, LSA 2013 Annual Meeting

"Continuers and Positive Response Particles," Workshop on East Asian Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara, March 3rd, 2012

"The Many uses of Yeah," Linguistics Club invited talk, UC Santa Barbara, February 28th, 2012

"Cross-linguistic variation in turn-taking practices," Chinese Linguistics Group invited talk, UCLA, November 12th, 2010

"Grouping in multi-level ESL classrooms," University of Colorado TESOL Action Research Mini-Conference, Spring 2010

Awards and Honors

Fall 2007 - Spring 2008    Dean's List, University of Colorado

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007    Mandarin Enrichment Scholarship, Taiwan ROC Ministry of Education


UCSB Graduate Student Representative to the Linguistics Faculty, Fall 2012

Co-organizer and Treasurer, Workshop on East Asian Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara, March 3rd, 2012