Talaga hails from Pennsylvania and attended college in New York. He earned dual bachelors of arts degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University in 2003, followed by an MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2012. In Spring 2012, he defended his working dissertation titled “Exploiting Data Locality in Dynamic Web Applications” achieving his PhD in Computer Science.
The young professor may have just started at UC, but his experience is highly commendable. Talaga started his career as a Dynamics Intern at Segway in 2001. He then served as Assistant Network Administrator for the Himalayan Institute, where he assisted with maintaining the institute’s network and computers, as well as general troubleshooting and repair. Talaga was also a mathematics technician for the Air Force Research Laboratory, a teacher’s assistant at Syracuse University and finally, a programmer at the VA Medical Research Program in Syracuse.
When asked about his decison to join the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Talaga stated, "I was attracted to UC for its beautiful campus, as it has truly impressive architecture, and more importantly, by the friendly atmosphere. I'm still in awe of the magnitude of friendliness here, my reception has been more than pleasant... It's been warm and truly welcoming.
In 1998, Talaga started his own technology company, Fuzzpault Technologies, which specializes in web design, web-hosting, computer repair, at-home repair, and instruction. He still owns and operates the web-based company.
Talaga’s research interests focus on data locality in geographically distributed web systems, cloud security, evolutionary/neural network-based artificial intelligence systems in relation to robotics, and the teaching of computer science at the undergraduate and graduate level.
It’s involved professors like Talaga that keep UC CEAS pioneering innovative approaches to education.