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Habib Moukalled, M.S.



CV / Resume (click here for PDF)

    At an early age, being one of the fortunate children to experience the nintendo entertainment system (NES), my life was forever changed. At that moment in time, my fascination in everything digital was born.  As my infatuation of video games grew, I found myself on a quest for knowledge and understanding of the computer machines upon which these games would run. By the mid-90's, when my family adopted internet, I immediately became immersed in the vast amount of knowledge everyday people were able to have at their fingertips, especially knowledge of computers.

    Throughout all except one of my years in grade school, I partook in music classes and being a member of the school choir, although video gaming remained my primary passion.
I would spend the free time of my summer breaks learning computer trouble shooting and elementary programming skills. By my freshman year of high school my computer skills were beyond proficient, and I was able to code in BASIC. By the time I had written a few toy programs in BASIC, I felt brave enough to veture into the world of GNU Linux and BSD UNIX, and the GCC. And by my junior year of high school I enrolled in an advanced placement computer science course on C++ programming.

    By the end of my high school career, it became obvious that I would have to go to university in order to expand my knowledge of computers and acquire a theoretical foundation to allow me to further pursue computing as a career. I began my formal education in computer science during the fall 2002 semester. During the final year of my undergraduate studies, I began working as a research assistant in order to facilitate the transition to becoming a graduate student. And by fall 2007, I started graduate school. In the summer of 2009, I defended my master's thesis on a technique for extracting the left and right vocal folds (chords) from High-Speed videos by employing a pair of elastic membrane structures, that harness dynamic programming to perform global optimization of an energy functional to bypass local minima, resulting in extraction of the vocal folds.