I am

David Zhao

21 years old

I grew up on Calvin and Hobbes. I think I've read every strip.

At least 22 apparently.

always looking to learn

Right now, I'm learning Chinese and react native (building an app for data-driven puppy potty training), among other things.

Aug 1999 to Jun 2010

from Maryland

I grew up in Lisbon, Maryland until the end of sixth grade when my family moved to Houston, TX. After eighth grade, we moved to Oakton, VA where I went to Thomas Jefferson High School until going to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Since then, I've moved around the Northern Virginia area - Pentagon City, Rosslyn, and Huntington.

Aug 2016 to May 2019

a Wahoo

University of Virginia, class of 2019

I received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a second major in Statistics. My time at UVA was divided between coursework, full and pit orchestras (I play trumpet!), HooHacks (organizing takes a bit of work), among other things.

Aug 2019 to Present

a Forward Deployed Software Engineer

@ Palantir Technologies

So far, I've done a bit of everything -- rack servers, install and configure our products, build Spark pipelines, dev on core product -- supporting our US government work. The impact is incredible! I've also been involved with recruiting -- interviewing candidates, creating the Path internship HackerRank, demo-ing to intern candidates.

Feb 2019 to Mar 2020

a Climber

In my last semester at UVA, I signed up for a climbing class on a whim — thanks Andrew! — and I've fallen in love with bouldering. Pre-COVID, I was up to around V4s; now I think I'm back at V-Ladder. Been itching to boulder again, but alas, this hobby is on indefinite hiatus until I get the vaccine.

happy to chat

(281) 961-7541