Mario Harper joined the computer science faculty at Utah State University in 2020. He has research expertise in machine learning, autonomous systems, and decision-making algorithms. He has lead many projects to successful delivery as the lead data scientist at Progressive Leasing, designing new algorithms for optimal decision making in financial technologies. Prior positions include technical integration lead on a robotics research consortium, lead machine learning scientist, and data analyst. He has published works in top robotics and AI venues and currently teaches Robot Intelligence, Software Engineering, and Advanced Data Science courses. He has several patents on newly developed algorithms for allocating resources in electric grids, balancing financial portfolios, and optimal trajectory planning for autonomous systems.