Me on Bear Peak in Boulder, Colorado

This is an “about” page, which typically explains a couple of things, namely the purpose of the website and the person who is responsible for its creation.

My name is Caleb Phillips. I’m a research scientist living in Boulder, Colorado. I am currently employed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. I am also an Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I did my graduate work on geostatistical approaches to wireless network coverage mapping with advisers Doug Sicker and Dirk Grunwald. I’ve worked in a number of research areas and my primary focus is on applying optimization strategies, parallel computation, and statistical analysis to diverse problems. Currently, I have active research projects on food distribution (and the simultaneous problems of hunger and waste), applications of chaotic mathematics to tasks in sports physiology (particularly rock climbing), and a number of projects in the realm of wireless systems. There’s an up to date list of my research activities and academic publications available here.

Teaching is another passion. I’ve taught at both the university and high school level, the former as an instructor at the University of Colorado, and the latter as a National Science Foundation fellow designing STEM-oriented curriculum to integrate into traditional education frameworks at Boulder High School. I have a particular affinity for direct mentoring and have had the opportunity to work with a number of excellent students through various programs, including INVST community studies, the NSF REU program, and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation.

Small White Cube is the name of my consulting sole-proprietorship, which I founded in June, 2001. I rarely take on new clients, but nevertheless maintain a fairly steady stream of part-time consulting work. I am a co-founder of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations Boulder Food Rescue, Falling Fruit, and the Food Rescue Alliance. Besides Boulder, I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Hamilton, New Zealand, and briefly in the Khumbu valley in the Nepal Himalaya. I grew up in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Portland State University in 2006, and I worked as a researcher under Professor Suresh Singh, after graduation. I was also an active member of the community wireless non-profit, the Personal Telco Project where I was the Director of Education.

When I’m not working, I spend most my waking hours with friends, family, or engaged in one of a large number of esoteric or atheletic hobbies. I run, climb, knit, cook, brew beer, bicycle, hike, roll jujitsu, bake, and take photos.

This website serves as a hub for personal and professional content. It is built using Jekyll and hosted on my server “erichtho”, which is running Ubuntu Linux and the Lighttpd webserver. This is the 6th generation of my personal website (4th, 5th). The source for this website is available in github.

If you want to contact me, the best way is to send an email to cphillips at the domain this website is hosted at.