I grew up in Central Illinois, in a small town called Mackinaw (near Peoria). I went to Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School and did pretty good in Math, Science, and Art. I went to Illinois Central College for two years while enrolled in the Pre-Engineering Program. I transferred to the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) in the Electrical Engineering Program where I spent four more years of school while co-oping half of the time in Florida for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (where I currently work). I met my beautiful wife, Samantha, at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville. We currently live in the small Space Coast town of Titusville. We have two wonderful boys.