Tech & Politics @Stanford
What I Do
I'm a senior at Stanford University pursuing an M.S. in computer science and a B.A.H. in political science. I work on problems at the intersection of technology and government, with a focus on helping policymakers harness and regulate artificial intelligence. Currently, I am serving as Co-President of the Stanford Public Interest Tech Lab and Co-Director of the Stanford Tech History Project while contributing to multiple initiatives in tech policy and civic tech. Most recently, I supported the Tech Strategy and Delivery Team on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition. If you want to get in touch, feel free to send me an email, reach out on LinkedIn, or follow me on Twitter!
What I've Done
- National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, where I supported the lines of effort focused on AI ethics and threat analysis.
- Tech Talent Project, where I helped coordinate and synthesize tech strategy and delivery recommendations for the presidential transition and planning teams.
- Stanford Political Science Department, where I am working on my honors thesis.
- Stanford Technology Law Review, where I served as a UG editor for the 2019-20 academic year.
- Stanford Cyber Policy Center, where I researched technical, policy, and legal solutions to deepfakes.
- Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group, where I wrote code to study teamwork.
- MIT Mathematics Department, where I worked on an open problem in combinatorial geometry.
- Co-authored a research paper on team viability and fracture at the 2019 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.
- Penned op-eds about supporting a prominent alumnus in AI ethics, voting issues in undergraduate elections, and why hacking for coronavirus needs more humility.
- Led a team that wrote about loan forgiveness for civic technologists, and was recognized for it in Inside Higher Ed and the final report of the National Commission on Military, National & Public Service.
- Serving as a Senior Editor for Stanford Politics, where I lead a team of editors focused on technology, security, and international relations.
- Wrote an article on how to better educate AI practitioners to build AI in support of better mental health. This was based on a CS class that I helped teach in Spring 2020 called Wellness in Tech.
- Wrote a paper on new machine learning algorithms for building external features into sentence embeddings and semantic similarity scores, and tested it on political tweets.
- Wrote a paper on the obstacles to equal distribution of points among planar cell decompositions and generalized the Erdos-Szekeres Conjecture for a new set of geometrical objects.
- Created cloud-related tools and tutorials as a Product Management Fellow and Civic Digital Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. I worked on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website, which is one of the most accessed federal websites with over 1.5 billion visits per year.
- Increasing the accessibility and transparency of data about Stanford University as a Co-Founder and Strategic Director of the Stanford Open Data Project.
- As a data scientist for a competitive 2018 Congressional race, I applied machine learning techniques to generate recommendations for improving the candidate's visibility, which were followed by the campaign.
- As Director of Technology for Stanford in Government, I developed an algorithm to match nearly 500 fellowship applicants with reviewers.
- I was a teaching assistant for Art of Problem Solving, where I helped hundreds of students across over a dozen advanced math classes.
- Back in the day, I won the Minnesota State Math Tournament. I also led my high school team to 4th Place at the 2016 & 2017 State Tournaments after not qualifying for the State Tournament since 2005.
Talked a lot...
- Spoke on "The Dot-Gov Boom" panel, which focused on building modern websites for the federal government. My comments were picked up in news outlets and I got a dope picture out of it.
- Answered many phone calls as a Legislative Intern for Senator Amy Klobuchar during an impeachment trial, escalating tensions with Iran, the decisive phase of the Democratic primary, and a global pandemic. I also wrote numerous memos on topics related to technology and consumer protection.
- Spoke to 100+ high school students at Inspirit AI about developing AI in the public interest.
- Co-hosted the Solving Systems Podcast, a biweekly conversation with calculus teacher Jake Johnson. It was an iTunes Top 150 Education Podcast.
- Many moons ago, I convinced enough people that I understood international politics to qualify for the Minnesota State Speech Competition in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Drank many cups of coffee...
- Artificial Intelligence
I took CS 221 (Artificial Intelligence) and CS 229 (Machine Learning). My sleep took a toll.
- Artificial Intelligence, but with more "ethics" and "society"
Coursework has included The Philosophy & Ethics of Information at Oxford, Designing AI for Human Well-Being, Social & Economic Impact of AI, Building Trust in Autonomy, and Seminar on AI Safety.
- Computer Science
Finished the core and dumped it too.
Took the Honors Discrete Math Sequence. Never taking MTWThF 9:30s again.
- Political Science
Completed graduate coursework in American Political Institutions and High-Stakes Politics. In Data Science for Politics, I created the class's most accurate model for the 2018 House elections, predicting 234 Democrats overall (there were 235) with 94% accuracy by race. @FiveThirtyEight please hire me!
- Product & Design
Alumnus of ME410A (Tech and Innovation Foresight), CS147 (Human-Computer Interaction), and CS278 (Social Computing).
Some of the best classes I've taken were Creative Nonfiction, Humanities Core, and Social Dance.
In between cups of coffee, I...
- Was named a 2020 Truman Scholar and 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar
- Joined the advisory boards of Stanford's Haas Center and Georgetown's CSET Foretell
- Jumped out of a plane
- Became a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line (join me!)
- Biked from Stanford to a Taco Bell in San Francisco
- Received my 2nd degree black belt in karate
- Stargazed a lot