Carnegie Mellon University
Gates 9009 first initial g last name (at) cs (dot) cmu (dot) edu
I'm a first-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests are in theoretical computer science, and I'm lucky to be advised by Pravesh Kothari and Aayush Jain. I'm supported by an NSF GRFP fellowship. For my CV, see here, and for a list of my papers, see here.
In Spring 2022, I graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with an A.B. in Computer Science and Math. At Harvard, I was fortunate to be mentored by Madhu Sudan, and I was a proud resident of Pforzheimer House.
I have broad interests throughout complexity and algorithms, centered around combinatorial optimization and average-case complexity, with applications to combinatorics and cryptography.
One of my projects is understanding the approximability of constraint satisfaction problems in streaming and sublinear models. I was introduced to these questions during my undergrad by Santhoshini Velusamy and Madhu Sudan, and with them and other wonderful collaborators we have several papers, appearing in APPROX 2021 and 2022 and SODA 2023. Some of these works were the subject of my undergraduate thesis, which was awarded a Hoopes Prize at Harvard. See also my recent talk on streaming DICUT algorithms at CMU Theory Lunch.
At Harvard, I was a teaching assistant for the following courses:
- CS 121: Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science (Fall 2021)
- CS 124: Data Structures and Algorithms (Spring 2021)
- CS 121: Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science (Fall 2020)
- CS 161: Operating Systems (Spring 2020)
- CS 121: Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science (Fall 2019)
In CS 121 (Fall 2019 and 2020), I organized guest lectures in the "CS 121.5" advanced section. In Summer 2022, I was a teaching assistant for the 2022 New Horizons in TCS program at TTIC.
Before college, I helped found an online high school cybersecurity competition called ångstromCTF (running since 2016!), and redesigned our school newspaper website SilverChips Online.
My brother Ethan studies statistics and public policy.