I am a problem solver who is passionate about using software and hardware systems to create positive change in my environment. By coupling both my technical persona and my optimistic outlook, I improve peoples' quality of life. I have been able to thrive within numerous team settings because of my desire to fathom the viewpoints of others and the unique solutions that arise out of them.
"To be free! To be my own master. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in the world!"
- Genie (Aladdin)
Sept. 2014 - May 2018
A.B. in Computer Science
I graduated with a degree in computer science and a German language citation. During the graduation ceremony in Currier house, I was chosen to give a speech in front of a crowd of approximately 200 people, which included an audience of my peers and their families. As an undergrad, I loved playing in the university marching band and eating fiery wings at the student pub.
Tuck Business School
Tuck Business Bridge Program
I participated in a highly-selective 4-week program taught by MBA faculty, providing an in-depth introduction to marketing, strategy, microeconomics, accounting, and finance. I performed a team-based valuation analyses of the New York Times, which included financial and strategic assessments, a DCF analysis, and a final presentation to industry executives and faculty.
June 2019 - Present
I created new Kubernetes and Python-based microservices to bolster an emailing platform that sends upwards of 1 million emails per day.In addition, I lead the development of two validation microservices that ensured our data analysts’ scripts are error free when executed during an email campaign and allowed them to see what the distribution of a given set of emails would look like after AB tests resolve. I also ensured that the new emailing system reached feature-parity with a ten-year old, monolithic python-based legacy system. This includes bulk email sends, email content validation, and content selection based on a user’s previous engagements. Throughout all of this, I participated in daily scrum meetings with data analysts to ensure the products I built are helpful and easy to use.
November 2018 - Present
Co-Founder & CTO
I lead a team of 2 developers, 3 designers, and 1 product manager to develop Molinillo, an iOS and Android mobile app that allows users to search through over 100 ethical fine chocolate products from around the world. During my tenure, I fostered partnerships with over 30 different fine chocolate vendors from all over the world in order to aggregate content featured at the 2019 New England Chocolate Festival, which saw over 1,500 guests. With regards to implementation, I made the decision to utilize Expo (a React Native platform) to develop the UI/UX, Google’s NoSQL Firestore database for the backend, and Algolia for NoSQL search functionality. Throughout my time with the company, I had to consistently and adeptly communicate with stakeholders, non-profits, and partner chocolate vendors to set expectations for app features, deadlines, and resource management.
EF Education First
September 2018 - June 2019
I worked with both the App Development and Data Engineering team at different times in an Agile work environment. During my time with the data engineering team, I spearheaded the development of various Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Kinesis pipelines that now route event-driven data from products in EF to S3 buckets that currently allow the team to run data analytics on user input. While on the app developemnt team, I developed a React Native drag-and-drop board library for the EF Tours app that eases the effort of managing a user's TODO items on both iOS and Android. The app was released to more than 2000 EF tour directors who facilitate international family tours. I had no prior experience with React Native or AWS before starting this position.
June 2017 - Aug. 2017
Software Developer Intern
I worked on the SQL Server on Linux Security team but worked independently from the team with the exception of weekly scrum meetings with my manager to discuss progress. I developed a local, real-time user authentication system for SQL Server on Linux in C++ that allowed Linux users to automatically authenticate themselves on an instance of SQL Server. This saves users time and effort in retrieving their permissions on a given database. I also learned C++, SQL Server, and security without any prior experience.
Japan Digital Archives
Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2017
June 2016 - July 2016
Data Visualizations and Systems Analyst
Harvard Computer Society
Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2017
I spearheaded the establishment of HCS's first successful membership system and community outreach program. I also manage HCS, a club with funds reaching over $40,000 and email list servers that span over 4000 students on campus. Negotiating sponsorship deals with external companies, such as Microsoft and Google, is also a major aspect of my job.
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem."
- Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun."
- Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)
Using the React Native framework, I developed a drag-and-drop board library for the EF Tours app that eases the effort of managing a user's TODO items. The app was released to more than 2000 EF tour directors who facilitate international family tours.
Using C++, I developed a customizable library that makes it easier for Linux applications to authenticate users. This library was integrated into Microsoft's SQL Server on Linux in 2018.
Using Python, I and a group of two others developed a chess AI that recommends chess moves according to the specific configuration of the board. I was in charge of the regular expressions that scraped the website from which our AI learns to play, as well as implementing the graph data structure that we used to store the board configurations.
"Oh, yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it."
- Rafiki (The Lion King)
Before the Degree: Meet America's Future Leaders
Out of a pool of other ProMazo partners, I was selected to be featured in a summer content series that highlighted exceptional students and their achievements at universities across the country.
Modo Labs Appathon
1st Place National Winner
Computer Science 171: Data Visualizations
Data to Make a Difference: 1st Place Final Project
While working on a team with 3 others, I developed the design and visualizations for our final project: Through the Eyes of a Survivor (see Projects for implementation details). The project was given 1st place out of twenty other projects.
Out of a pool of 100 students, I was chosen to work in a team on tech projects that helped manage electricity in the Ruhr Valley in Germany.
Each year, Edison International selects thirty STEM-bound high school seniors for a $40,000 scholarship. I was selected to be an Edison Scholar for computer science.
"One for the money, two for the show, three because uh - uh, comes before four, and here we go!"
- Tigger (Winnie the Pooh)