I’m a junior at Yale studying data science and global affairs. I'm passionate about tech policy, modernizing government, smart cities, and the future of mobility.
I'm a technologist at heart, but I care immensely about how policies impact real people. I want to help cities and governments leverage innovation to more efficiently deliver services, make more informed policy decisions, and equitably improve the quality of life for all members of society.
What I've done
A little about how I think
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a quantitative, numbers-driven person. I made spreadsheets for things that didn’t need spreadsheets, and when it came time to send my wishlist to Santa, I’d always rank what I wanted based on a combination of ratings that I had created. Then, in high school, I realized that there’s a lot more to how the world works than just code and formulas. That's when I took up an interest in politics and public policy, particularly around the 2016 elections. Interning at Louisville's Offic of Civic Innovation and then participating in the Civic Digital Fellowship helped me to find the burgeoning interof tech policy and digital governance, and that’s the path I now hope to pursue.
I always carry my camera around, because I never know when a good moment will strike; my photos have appeared in the New York Times and in The Atlantic. The reason I always stay up so late is because I’m too deep in the Wikipedia rabbit-hole, looking at public transit systems or airports; my go-to fun fact is that I can draw the entire New York City subway map by heart.
Skills and coursework
- Big Data and Global Policies
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Data Governance in the Digital Age
- Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
- Approaches to International Development
- Sustainability in the 21st Century
- Data analysis in R (tidyverse/dplyr), Python, Stata
- Data visualization in R (ggplot2, plotly), R Shiny, Python, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau
- Web scraping in Python (BeautifulSoup, selenium), R (rvest)
- Natural language processing in R (tidytext, topicmodels), Python (NLTK, spaCy)
- Machine learning in R (glmnet, caret, rpart), Python (scikit-learn, gensim, spaCy)
- GIS in R (rgdal, sf), QGIS
A few of my favorite things
- New York Times
- Yale Daily News
- The Verge
- Ex Machina
- The Martian
- The Blind Side
- iA Writer
- Day One
- Sparkling water
- Pineapple on pizza
- Beijing duck
- Unlimited sushi
- Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West by Peter Hessler
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell
- The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't by Nate Silver
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Check out Ronak Shah's guide to setting up your own website on GitHub Pages.
I fell in love with the IBM Plex font family ever since I first came across it. I now use Plex Sans across my website and resume, and Plex Serif and Plex Mono variants where appropriate. On my website, the fonts are served via Google Web Fonts.
Primary accent colors are #0083ff and #ff5470.
I've been using my trusty Canon Rebel T5i for over six years now. I started with the kit lens, but I now mostly use the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. On some occasions I'll fall back to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8.
I edit my photos with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC — I'll switch to the cloud version when it reaches feature parity and once storage gets cheaper.
I'm an all-Windows guy: my primary workhorse is the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, and I recently picked up a cheap Microsoft Surface Go to work on-the-go.