I am currently a PhD student in computer science at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and, before that, I obtained my bachelor's degree with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Tulsa. Since starting my PhD, I have been working under the supervision of Profesor Jiawei Han, in the Data Mining Group. Since 2013, I have been fortunate enough to be supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and starting Fall 2015, I'll be supported by the NDSEG fellowship. Generally, my areas of interest lie in data mining and machine learning. More specifically I work on problems related to text mining (topic modeling, phrase mining, entity extraction) and graph mining (the classical problems of clustering, prediction and classification in networks). I also have an interest in computational statistics, particularly in latent variable models.