Hi, I'm Scott. I like computers, science, engineering, and a lot of other things. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, where I'm working with Dr. Tim Davis on graph partitioning problems. I have a background in chemical engineering, and I worked as an Optimization Engineer at Shell for two years.

Q. Why the career change?

A. I have always loved computer technology, but I also enjoy science and engineering. Chemical engineering is a great mix of my interests, but as I pushed for better software and algorithmic solutions, I was often referred to the computer scientists and software engineers. So instead of swimming upstream any longer, I decided to head back to school.

Q. How do you pronounce your last name?

A. koh-LOH-jay. It's Polish for Wheelwright. In proper Polish, it's spelled Kołodziej, and pronounced koh-WOH-jay. If you pronounce the dz like a j, it's not as big of a stretch as it first looks.