About Me

I’m Michael Ekstrand, a computer scientist, researcher, educator, and scholar. Since 2014, I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University. I received my Ph.D in computer science from the University of Minnesota, working with the GroupLens Research lab.

I invite you to read about my research on human-computer interaction and recommender systems or check out the various coding projects I have worked on. I also write, both on my blog and in more persistent writings.

You can connect with me in several ways:

What’s up with elehack? It’s a portmanteau of elegant and hack; an homage to my appreciation of the hacker ethos (in the MIT/Unix/Hombrew Computer Club sense, not breaking stuff for lulz and profit; see Steven Levy’s book Hackers for more details) and of elegant, beautiful things, especially programs.