I was born in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, the city known as “cidade maravilhosa” (the wonderful city). I grew up in Flamengo, next to a beach that lacks the glamour of Ipanema and Leblon, and the international recognition of Copacabana, but one that is frequented by friendly, unpretentious, and honest to goodness people. Although from my earliest days I enjoyed being at the beach soaking the rays, drinking coconut water and eating “Globo” cookies, I grew up toying with electronics, programming microcomputers for fun, reading everything I could get my hands on, listening to music non-stop, and learning to cook with my mother and my grandmother.
What I am today, I owe in great part to the good people at Colégio Santo Inácio, a Jesuit school in Botafogo, which I attended from first grade all the way to the end of high school. Next, I attended the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where I received my undergraduate and my master’s degrees. It was quite a change to go from the “home away from home” environment to commuting nearly one hour each way to UFRJ, but the hardship toughened me up and got me ready for the real world. The bus trips served for a lot of good reading and studying. I interned with CEPEL, a research center devoted to issues related to the generation and the distribution of electrical power and worked with amazing people who got me excited to go to graduate school. My first stop on this next journey was at COPPE Sistemas, where I got an M.Sc. working on a special purpose operating system kernel for distributed simulation. My second stop was at The College of William & Mary, in Virginia, where I got an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. studying ways to accelerate simulations of cellular phone systems. Next came a post-doc stint at the Institute for Security Technology Studies, at Dartmouth College, where I started to work on the security analysis of protocols for wireless networking.
I have been at Bucknell University since July 2003 and I work with strong students who are eager to learn Computer Science. This is a great place to be and I’m proud to be part of a team so dedicated to giving our students an excellent preparation for their future careers.
When I’m not geeking out, I enjoy cooking (and eating, of course!), reading, and monkeying with acoustic and electric guitars. Much less frequently than I’d like, I write a little about these hobbies. “On Eating Good Food” is a blog where I share ideas and recipes with other foodies. “The Bookworm Wannabe” is an old blog where I used to write book reviews – sadly, I stopped writing there quite a while ago. Finally, “guitarfools” is a blog started with my brother André, where we write about various things in our path to guitar enlightenment.
You might have noticed that I have yet another blog in this very page (just look for the right menu tab and it will take you there). Here I might write about various topics related to computer science and technology, or academics. Needless to say, I enjoy writing. What remains to be seen is whether anyone out there enjoys my writing!