Although my given name is David, I go by my middle name name “Shea”. I grew up always being called Shea, and it seems to have stuck. My wife, Monica, and I currently reside in Baton Rouge with our two wonderful boys, Austin and Tristan.
I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My parents are David and Roxy Vick, and Lynn Shoemaker. All three of my parents live in Albuquerque. My father is a former ER doctor turned software consultant working with the University of New Mexico. Basically he plays around with robots all day long and somehow gets paid to do it. My stepmother Roxy is a pharmacist at Albertsons. My mother is an educator. She specializes in special education and biology.
I was a secondary school student at El Dorado High School. In 2000 I graduated secondary school and started my undergraduate career at the University of New Mexico. In 2004 I graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in mathematics. After finishing up at Rice, I enrolled as a graduate student in mathematics the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. in mathematics in May of 2009 and began work as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University that same year. As of Summer 2012, I am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Louisiana State University.
Monica and I met at Rice and were married in 2007 after she graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. After five years practicing child welfare law in Philadelphia, she is now as an associate at the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice handling primarily civil litigation defense, insurance defense, public school law, and workers compensation matters.
Austin and Tristan have changed our world and filled our days with smiles. Austin and Tristan both love their classes at the Baton Rouge International School.