About Me

Who am I, what have I done, and what do I hope to do?

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Through self-teaching, coursework, research, and personal projects in algorithm design, and artificial intelligence, and web development, I've managed to gain experience with a variety of programming languages, platforms, and technologies. I'm an eager learner and am constantly expanding and building upon my current skillset.


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Personal Projects

I enjoy making things. Here are some of the projects I'm proud of.

Research

I work in Dartmouth's Visual Computing Lab under the instruction of Prof. Bo Zhu. My work centers around drones, physical modeling, and the intersection of physics and computing.

Additionally, I've had the opportunity to conduct a great deal of biological research throughout high school. Much of this research has centered around the microbiome (the community of microorganisms that inhabit the gut and have great implications regarding health).

Simulation and Control of Soft-Body Drones in 3D (Ongoing)

Dartmouth's Visual Computing Lab is developing a 3D simulator and controller for soft-bodied drones. Soft-bodied drones twist, bend, and rotate due to the torque of their rotors, whereas traditional drones do not. My simulator, written in C++, uses the finite element method and a neohookean model for elasticity.

Alpha Cloning: Using Quantitative Techniques and SEC 13f Data for Equity Portfolio Optimization and Generation

Investigates the use of SEC 13f filing data for generating and optimizing stock portfolios algorithmically. Proposes a number of alpha capture models that outperformed the S&P 500 during historical backtesting. First author scholarly publication in the Journal of Financial Data Science, Volume 1, Issue 4, Doi: https://doi.org/10.3905/jfds.2019.1.008

Effects of Preservatives and Emulsifiers on Probiotic Bacteria In Vitro

Determined that, when used at concentrations deemed acceptable in the US and EU, artificial preservatives and emulsifiers inhibit the growth of L. lactis, a probiotic species of bacteria implicated in lowering the incidence of colorectal and stomach cancer. The growth of L. lactis was assessed by performing broth culture turbidity analysis via a Spec-200 spectrophotometer.

Effects of Cortisol on Probiotic Bacteria In Vitro

Examined whether the coritsol stress hormone has a direct inhibitory effect on the probiotic species of bacteria L. lactis. It was determined that, within the range of concentrations found in the human blood stream, no inhibitory effects arise. Given that research has shown extensive stress leads to a damaged microbiome, these results demonstrate that the damage likely occurs due to indirect physiological changes and not direct antimicrobial action.

Possible Methods of Survival for Symbiotic Mosquito Species Found Within the Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Nepenthes Rajah

Review paper that analyzed a variety of proposed methods that allow certain species of mosquito to be immune to the effects of digestive enzymes found within carnivorous pitcher plants. Determined that they are likely immune to carnivorous plant digestive enzymes due to an alternative form of chitin, the molecule found in all insect exoskeletons.

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