I'm currently in my first year as a PhD student in the combined Learning Sciences and Computer Science program at Northwestern University.
The goal of learning sciences is to understand how people learn, and then using that understanding to improve education. Computer science pairs well with Learning Sciences for two main reasons. First, we can use computers to build powerful learning tools, especially by giving students greater ability to create things themselves. Second, we can use computers to model and understand learning processes.
My current research, as part of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, is designing and evaluating a program for educators to learn how to use agent-based modeling for education.
Before starting my PhD, I co-founded Rise Science, to help people improve their performance and life quality by improving their sleep. Sleep is not a waste of time. It restores, heals, repairs, and prepares the body and mind. I try to get at least 7 hours a night! I'm currently an advisor to the company.