About

Currently employed in tech but investing heavily in other interests as well.

Core Beliefs

– Saying yes to everything at least once.
– Laughing in the face of danger (Simba’s Creed).
– Radical transparency. This is my diary and it’s mostly public.
– Strong favorites. The passive life is to be avoided at all costs.
– Getting lost is best done with a friend.

Favorites

Software, cooking, reading, music, piano improv, social justice, big dogs, autumn weather, apple cider, turtlenecks, station wagons, collecting art, wandering forever, and writering.

Professional Things

Graduated from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in CS, May 2013.

Primary fields of interest include all subfields of artificial intelligence (data mining, machine learning, computer vision, brain-computer interfaces, robotics). Worked as a software developer at various companies including Mozilla, Liferay, and Indinero. Started full-time at Impermium building classifiers and backend infrastructure for processing events at enormous scale, now an engineer at Google.

Formerly an avid participant of collegiate hackathons.
– Facebook Midwest Regional Hackathon 2012 Grand Prize
– Facebook World Hackathon Finals 2012 2nd Place
– Yahoo Hack Day @ UIUC 2010 Grand Prize
– Yahoo Hack Day @ UIUC 2011 2nd Place
– Yahoo Hack Day All Star 2010
– 1st Annual Greylock Hackfest 3rd Place
– LinkedIn Intern Hack 2011 Finalist
– LinkedIn Intern Hack 2012 Finalist
– AngelHack Summer 2012 Top 30

Conducted research as an undergraduate at University of Illinois’s Siebel Center. Created a human-computer interface via EEG to command a browser — research result was presented in this video.

Participated in NASA’s Microgravity Research Program. Designed an automatic eddy-current docking system for zero gravity. Flew on a parabolic path aircraft to test the system. Apparently fewer people have experienced zero gravity than have climbed mount Everest.