About


Researcher at Georgia Tech SWE Intern at Dropbox Founder of Fractal

I am a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in computer science and mathematics with concentrations in artificial intelligence and information internetworks. I am currently working on problems in reinforcement learning, autonomous driving, and computer science education in Atlanta public schools. In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding and learning languages. I speak Mandarin Chinese and Spanish at a conversational level.

I have interned at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) twice as a Research Intern, Amazon A9 as a software development engineer intern, Facebook AI Research (FAIR) as a software engineer intern, and Dropbox as a software engineer intern. I am the founder of Fractal, a non-profit organization focused on promoting computer science education in underrepresented communities with a special focus on AI. On campus, I am the Senior Class Representative for Student Government (SGA), a board of directors chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and regularly volunteer with HackGT. I am a former teaching assistant for CS 4641 Machine Learning, a current teaching assistant for CS 7643 Deep Learning, and an undergraduate researcher. Additionally, I am a Generation Google scholar, a Cisco Enterprise Business Group scholar, a SHPE undergraduate scholar, an Estelle Z. Blalok Scholar, a UGA Experiential Learning scholar, and a CURO Research scholar.

Education



Major GPA: 4.0


Georgia Institute of Technology

Candidate for Bachelors in Computer Science and Mathematics (double major)

2017 - 2021




Luella High School

Graduated 5th in class

2012 - 2016

GPA: 4.1/4.0 (weighted)

Activities: Varsity Soccer, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Math Team, Academic Quiz Bowl Team

Awards: Varsity Letter Award, Scholar Athlete Award x2 (Highest GPA on team), Summa Cum Laude, AP Scholar with Distinction (Highest award given to AP students), Top 10% of Class Award, Citizenship Award, AP Calculus Gold Award (Highest grade in class), AP Physics C Silver Award (second highest grade in class)

Honors and Awards




Generation Google Scholar

2020

Awarded for demonstrated leadership, academic background, and impact on diversity. Click here for description.



Cisco Enterprise Business Group Scholar

2019

Awarded for academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.



SHPE Undergraduate Scholar

2019

Awarded for academic excellence and involvement with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.



Estelle Z. Blalok Scholar

2019

This endowment fund was established in memory of Estelle A. Blalock. Major consideration is given to needy Georgia residents, regardless of major or class year.



Prizewinner, HackGSU

2018

Awarded a prize for best use of the Authorize.net API at HackGSU Fall 2018, the Georgia State University Hackathon. My team and I developed a web application that performs object detection using tensorflow and recommends buying options.


Experiential Learning Scholarship, University of Georgia

2017

Awarded a scholarship to conduct undergraduate research. Awarded to a select number of students who demonstrate a strong academic record and faculty recommendations.



CURO Research Assistantship, University of Georgia

2016

Awarded a scholarship to conduct research on drones. This awarded to 500 "oustanding students" to actively participate in faculty-mentored research.


Work Experience



Software Engineer Intern

Dropbox

Summer 2020


Working on ML backend for a user-facing product that facilitates productivity.



Software Engineer Intern

Facebook AI Research

Winter 2020

Built an image extraction tool for AI Habitat, a highly photorealistic & efficient 3D simulated environment for training RL agents. Used this tool to to train instance segmentation models in an end-to-end fashion.



Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

Winter 2020, Spring 2020


Developing advanced training methods for navigation tasks in realistic 3D environments.



Teaching Assistant, Deep Learning

Georgia Institute of Technology

Fall 2019

Teaching Assistant for CS 7643 Deep Learning, a class targeted at first year PhD students. Create and maintain course curriculum, hold weekly office hours, and grade programming assignments and problem sets.



Software Development Engineer Intern

Amazon A9

Summer 2019

Developed a deep learning solution using a CNN and other computer vision techniques to improve augmented reality (AR) shopping experience in the Amazon app which has over 1.5 million users. A9 Visual Search & AR team.



Teaching Assistant, Machine Learning

Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant for CS 4641 Machine Learning. Helped students understand various areas of machine learning including topics in supervised and unsupervised learning, learning theory and reinforcement learning. Graded papers and held weekly office hours.



Research Intern

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Summer 2018, Fall 2018

Implemented CNN and RNN-based models to classify digital signals with over 75% accuracy across 24 classes. Created deep Q-Learning models to allow multiple agents to coordinate to explore an environment in StarCraft II.



Research Assistant

University of Georgia College of Engineering

Spring 2017

Designed a drone swarm system to collect point cloud data using LiDAR. Constructed a prototype drone from scratch to test this system. Awarded two research grants for this project that summed to $2,000. Presented at the annual CURO Research Symposium.



Team Member/Supervisor

Chick-fil-A

Fall 2014 - Fall 2015

While in high school, coordinated and trained kitchen staff. Led team members in fast-paced, physically demanding environment.


Organizations




Fractal

Founder

Fractal Website

Fractal is a non-profit organization that promotes computer science education, with a focus on AI, among underrepresented groups in the Atlanta area. We do this by combining programming concepts with other subjects' curricula and hosting events for young students interested in computer science. We also write guides for basic computer science concepts and guides for various topics in AI.


Student Government Association

Senior Class Representative

SGA Website

Elected to the Student Government Association legislative branch as one of the senior class representatives for the 2020-21 school year. Focused on academic and career development programs and supporting student orgnizations.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Board of Directors - PEP Chair

GT SHPE Website

I run the Professional Experience Program (PEP) within SHPE. PEP is a program that helps SHPE members break into the professional world through workshops, networking events, mock interviews, and a strong mentorship program.



HackGT

Mentor

HackGT Website

HackGT is a nonprofit organization that enpowers hackers from all over by hosting hackathons and other events that promote involvement in STEAM. I mentored for Catalyst, HackGT's annual high school hackathon, and HackGT, HackGT's main event which hosts more than 1000 students per year.


Atlanta Community Food Bank

Volunteer

ACFB Website

Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) is a nonprofit organization that packs and distrbibutes food to people in the metro-Atlanta area. I distribute food in my local community to families in need in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. See our work in the news here and here.

Research and Projects




Selfplay for Learning Navigation Tasks

Research Project

I am working with Abhishek Das on developing novel training methods for navigation tasks in 3D environments. Traditionally, research in this area has been limited to simple environments mostly in 2D that lack visual complexity.


Image Extraction with Habitat Sim

Internship Project

Configurable image extraction tool built on top of Habitat Sim comlpeted as part of an internship project at Facebook AI Research. Easy to integrate with pytorch models for end-to-end training.


Rama2200 Processor Implementation

Class Project

This is a simulated implemtation of a working processor that uses the Rama2200 instruction set, which was developed for CS2200 at Georgia Tech. The code is not provided to comply with the Georgia Tech honor code.


Other projects include internship projects that are proprietary software and class projects that are not to be shared publicly. This is just a sample of my work.

Contact



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