The thing that drives me is learning new things while creating something that I can interact with (like this website for istance). In the professional world, my focus is on real-time machine learning but my academic background leaves me with a great appreciation for integer and linear programming.
Outside of work, I love all things outdoors. Whether it be hiking with my girlfriend and two dogs, or a three hour bike ride up one of the local mountains, I love getting out of the house. Beyond that, I love reading sci-fi and fantasy novels (Red Rising anyone?) and playing video games. Finally, when it's time to leave the city and go somewhere new, I enjoy traveling to places unlike anywhere I have been (most recently southern Utah, pictured above, and Patagonia, pictured to the right).