About Me

I'm a first year student at Harvard University studying computer science and mathematics. I have done some projects in number theory, reinforcement learning, and natural language processing. I am also heavily involved with the hackathon community.

Education

Harvard University

B.A. Candidate, Computer Science and Mathematics August 2018 to May 2022

Stanford Online High School

Grades 11-12 August 2016 to June 2018

Basis Independent Silicon Valley

Grades 9-10 August 2014 to June 2016

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Summer Program (SAILORS)

Summer August 2015

1 of 24 students selected worldwide, full tuition paid for all participants in 2015. Utilized natural-language processing to aid disaster relief, specifically categorizing tweets from Hurricane Sandy into those asking for help and those providing help.

Work Experience

PixelHacks

Founder & Former Director October 2016 to Present San Jose, CA

Founded and presided over PixelHacks, the Bay Area's first all-female and student-run high school hackathon. Found venue, secured 25+ corporate sponsors, and recruited 70+ attendees for PixelHacks I in 2017. Expanded to 120+ attendees and 30+ mentors for PixelHacks II in 2018. Has been featured by Teen Vogue, Yahoo News, CS4ALL, etc. Currently serving as a mentor for future PixelHacks programs.

AI4ALL

Research Fellow February 2018 to June 2018 Oakland, CA

Conducted artificial intelligence research on applying reinforcement learning to create automated teachers for math problems by training AI students. Recipient of AI4ALL's Future Leaders in AI Research Fellowship.

Brace-Ed

Founder and Instructor March 2016 to December 2017 San Jose, CA

Ran weekly classes (free in 2016, paid in 2017) to teach calculus and advanced math to high school students who have been unable to receive a satisfactory calculus education at school. 90% of all my students have received a 5 on their AP Calculus AB exam, despite them entering my class with an average of 2 on their diagnostic AP exam. Check out Brace-Ed's website for more information.

Emory University

Research Fellow June 2017 to July 2017 Atlanta, GA

Participated in Emory University's REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), a 6-week number theory research program headed by Ken Ono. Awarded through and sponsored by the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative Fellowship. Co-authored and published paper about producing infinite families of polynomials that satisfy the Riemann Hypothesis.

Khan Academy's Student Advisory Council

Head Coordinator and Member July 2015 to August 2017 San Jose, CA

Headed the national council of 40 high school and college students. Designed, advised, and reviewed projects that helped improve Khan Academy’s content and strategy (for example, reviewing math and science videos/articles and providing feedback on how the articles could be improved for students).

Khan Academy

Content Team Intern May 2015 to June 2015 Mountain View, CA

Evaluated ~2000 videos for the Khan Academy Talent Search video contest. Created math and computer programming exercises and quizzes. Designed illustrations for the website’s interface and math exercises. Tabulated 1500 Excel data responses regarding educational YouTube channels. Evaluated all applications for the Student Advisory Council.

Projects

Applying Reinforcement Learning to Creating a Math Teacher AI

February 2018 to June 2017 Oakland, CA

Built a platform that uses reinforcement learning to create automated teachers for math problems by training AI students. This platform involved a multi-AI system, with a recurrent neural network (RNN) based student AI and reinforcement learning based teacher AI. Also utilized the following libraries: Tensorflow, Keras, Gym, and Baselines (from OpenAI).

Polynomials That Behave Like The Riemann Zeta-Function

April 2017 to August 2017 Atlanta, GA

In this paper, revisiting work of Rodriguez-Villegas, we produce infinite families of polynomials that satisfy the essential expected properties of the Riemann zeta-function. We identify natural families of rational functions in x which are the generating functions for the values of “zeta-polynomials” Z_T(s). In analogy with the zeta-function, these polynomials satisfy the Riemann Hypothesis.

Saluton: Foreign Language Chatbot

March 2017 Fremont, CA

Created with Eileen P., Katherine M., and Karina H. Saluton is a chatbot that helps individuals learn foreign languages through conversational learning; it is deployed on Facebook messenger and coded using Javascript, Gupshup, and Google Translate's API (along with some application of natural language processing). Won Second Place Overall at HSHacks, the largest high school hackathon in the world. See the Devpost project submission here.

Arduino Autonomous Car

June 2016 to July 2016 San Jose, CA

Created with Ariel B. Employing multiple color sensors and a complicated detection algorithm, the Arduino car was able to successfully track down and follow a line on the ground in any direction. Watch a video of the line-following car here.

PolyBees

June 2016 San Jose, CA

Created with Anika R. and Shivalika C. PolyBees is an interactive platform where high school students, college students, professionals from organizations, student club leaders, and others can effectively communicate with each other and offer and receive opportunities. Designed and created using Balsamiq, HTML, and CSS. Awarded Top Team at BASEHacks. See our Devpost project submission here.

Letter Pop

March 2014 to June 2016 San Jose, CA

Letter Pop is an iOS and Android word game, in which there are letters on balloons and you pop the balloons to spell out valid words. The goal of this game is to improve users' spelling and vocabulary.

Visual Cryptography

April 2016 to May 2016 San Jose, CA

This project illustrates the concept of visual cryptography (as designed by Moni Naor and Adi Shamir) using 2-bit and 3-bit encryption programs. A photo consisting of only black and white pixels (two bits) is inputted into the program, and two images of seemingly random noise will be generated. The two images could be layered to create (“decrypt”) the original inputted image using XOR. Written in Java. See the project description here and the Github repo here.

Categorizing Hurricane Sandy Tweets Using Natural Language Processing

August 2015 Stanford, CA

Utilized natural-language processing to aid disaster relief, specifically categorizing tweets from Hurricane Sandy into those asking for help and those providing help. Coded in Python, employing a Bayesian model.

Service & Activities

High School Mathematics Journal

Editor February 2017 to May 2018

FIRST Tech Challenge Team 5206

Software Lead August 2016 to May 2018

San Jose Math Circle

Mentor and Volunteer May 2016 to May 2018

Wikipedia

Editor (600+ edits) August 2012 to Present

Awards & Honors

Future Leaders in AI Research Fellowship

AI4ALL January 2018

Granted AI4ALL's Future Leaders in AI Research Fellowship to conduct research in the field of artificial intelligence.

President's Volunteer Service Gold Award

Corporation for National and Community Service June 2017

Awarded for extensive amount of hours dedicated to volunteer service in education, especially in my efforts dedicated to bridging the gender gap in technology.

She++ #include Fellow

She++ April 2017

1 of 30 students selected nationally out of over 500 students to present PixelHacks at the annual #include Summit held at Stanford University in an all-expense paid weekend in the Silicon Valley.

Spirit of Ramanujan Global Math Talent Search Fellowship

Templeton World Charity Foundation February 2017

1 of 8 in the world awarded fellowship, 1 of 3 in the US. The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative seeks to discover mathematical talent, from around the world, through creative challenges.

WWDC Scholarship Recipient

Apple, Inc. June 2016

1 of 350 worldwide recipients of a scholarship to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

NCWIT Bay Area Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing Winner

National Center for Women & Information Technology March 2016

Awarded "in recognition of excellent aptitude and interest in computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and future plans in the field of computer science."

Other Honors

- Facebook F8 Developer Conference Scholar (2018)
- National Merit Scholarship Finalist (2018)
- Cameron Impact Scholarship Finalist (2017)
- Featured as #2 in Mogul's 50 High Schoolers You Need to Know About (2017)
- National AP Scholar (2016)
- AP Scholar with Distinction (2015)
- North California Economics Challenge State Championship Finalist (all-freshman team placed in top 5 of Northern California) (2015)

In the Press

Skills & Interests

I am familiar with Java, Python, Swift, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, LaTeX, Arduino, and Mathematica.

I did eight seasons of competitive swimming (2010-2018). I also love creative writing, calligraphy, photography, and cheering on the Golden State Warriors.