About Me

Hi there! I'm a second year student at Harvard University studying computer science, passionate about AI/ML/NLP and creating tools that make education more accessible. I am also heavily involved with the hackathon community, having organized 10+ hackathons.

Contact Details

cyeo [at] college.harvard.edu

Education

Harvard University

A.B. Candidate, Computer Science with a minor in English August 2018 to May 2022

- Relevant coursework:
   CS: Data Structures & Algorithms (Teaching Fellow), Machine Learning, Functional Programming, Applied Cryptography & Network Security (Grad Level), Differential Privacy (Grad Level)
   Math & Statistics: Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Probability
- Activities and societies: HackHarvard (Director), Tuesday Literary Magazine (Digital Chair & Fiction Editor), Harvard Technology Review (Writer)
- Member: Women in Computer Science, Harvard Computer Society, Club Swimming

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. Program now known as Stanford AI4ALL.

Work Experience

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Research Assistant September 2019 to Present Cambridge, MA

Member of the Internet Policy Research Initiative, supervised by Professor Hal Abelson.
- Design & build a conversational programming agent, used to make CS & programming education more accessible.
- Publication: “Convo: What does conversational programming need? An exploration of machine learning interface design” (arXiv: 2003.01318)

Apple

Software Engineering Intern May 2019 to August 2019 Cupertino, CA

Intern on the Xcode team within the Developer Tools department.
- Developed automation infrastructure for Xcode’s testing platforms.
- Designed and implemented pipeline to integrate testing systems with multiple backend services and Splunk.

TechTogether

Front-End Developer April 2018 to March 2019 Boston, MA

- Worked with a team of 30+ other students to organize TechTogether, Boston's largest all-female and femme non-binary hackathon (formerly known as SheHacks Boston).
- Front-end development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) for the organization/event's website.

Emory University

Mathematics Research Fellow June 2017 to July 2017 Atlanta, GA

- Participated in Emory University's NSF-sponsored 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 Global Math Talent Initiative Fellowship.
- Publication: "Polynomials That Behave Like The Riemann Zeta-Function".

Khan Academy

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

- Created math and computer programming exercises and quizzes and evaluated ~2000 videos for the Khan Academy Talent Search video contest as the youngest employee of the company.
- Led KA's Student Advisory Council initiative post-internship.

Community

PixelHacks

Founder & Director October 2016 to Present Santa Clara, CA

- Founded & headed PixelHacks, the Bay Area's first all-female high school hackathon. Introduced hundreds of high school women to computer science & entrepreneurship.
- Oversaw logistics, managed team, & solicited $50K+ of monetary & in-kind sponsorships over 2 years.
- Featured in Teen Vogue, Yahoo News, CS4ALL, and other outlets.
- Currently serving as mentor and advisor.

Khan Academy's Student Advisory Council

Director 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, allowing more people to access the platform’s educational resources.

Projects

SafePlates

November 2018 to December 2018 Cambridge, MA

Created with Hannah L. for Harvard's CS50 Final Project. Safeplates is a web app that outputs restaurant recommendations based on a user's inputted dietary restrictions and location using Python (Flask, Selenium, Beautiful Soup), HTML, CSS, & Javascript.

Applying Reinforcement Learning to Creating a Math Teacher AI

February 2018 to June 2018 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.

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.

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.

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. Taught self Swift and Xcode in creating this app.

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.

Awards & Honors

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship

Palantir April 2019

1 of 10 (out of 700+ applicants) in North America awarded the Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship (recipients of a $7000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley).

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

- Harvard SEAS Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship (2019)
- Raytheon-FIRST Robotics Scholarship (2018)
- Facebook F8 Developer Conference Scholar (2018)
- Featured as #2 in Mogul's 50 High School Students You Need to Know About (2017)
- NCWIT National Runner-Up (2017, 2016, 2015)
- 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 skilled with Python, Java, Swift, JavaScript, Git, HTML/CSS, Splunk, LaTeX, Mathematica, Arduino, Groovy, Processing, and SQL.

I spend a lot of my free time writing fiction and have amassed over 200K+ readers across stories published online. I did eight seasons of competitive swimming (2010-2018). I also love calligraphy, photography, and cheering on the Golden State Warriors.