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.

Here you can read about my research on human-computer interaction and recommender systems, my teaching activities, or check out the various coding projects I have worked on. I also write, both on my blog and in more persistent writings. A CV summarizing my activities is available in both Texas State format and an alternative format.

I invite you to connect with me in several ways:

And finally, a note about the origin of this domain name: elehack is 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.