David Zhao

email: contact@davidzhao.me

phone: (281) 961-7541

github: /davidbzhao

linkedin: /in/davidbzhao

resume: PDF

Work

Palantir Technologies

Palantir Technologies

May 2018 - Present

Forward Deployed Engineer

Writing and testing the HackerRank coding challenge for recruiting Path interns for Summer 2019
Built data integration pipelines working alongside the customer to provide them with previously inaccessible data due to its size and complexity
Debugged, maintained, & upgraded product instance and prototyped new product features

Octo Consulting Group

Octo Consulting Group

Nov 2017 - Apr 2018

Associate Consultant/Intern

Led development of an automated chatbot generator pipeline to convert an FAQ page into a integratable Lex bot to reduce government expenses

Innovative Defense Technologies

Innovative Defense Technologies

May 2017 - Aug 2017

Software Engineer Intern

Architected a secure chat plugin in a pre-existing web app on top of writing automated unit tests, REST backends, and build scripts to improve user experience
Wrote automated unit tests, learned BackboneJS, coded REST backends, wrote build scripts

US Army Corps of Engineers

US Army Corps of Engineers

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

Research Scientist Intern

Researched algorithms to reduce setup & querying computations of K-nearest neighbors for a spatial index

Education

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

Aug 2016 - Present

B.S. Computer Science and Statistics

Relevant Coursework: Operating Systems (C), Information Retrieval (Java), Text Mining (Py), Machine Learning (Py), Computer Vision (Py), Algorithms (Py), Computer Architecture (C), Theory of Computation, Data Visualization (R/Tableau), Business Analytics (R/Tableau), Statistics with R (R), Regression Analysis (SAS), Math Statistics, Linear Algebra, Probability, Discrete Math, Multivariable Calculus
Delving into reinforcement learning, text mining, and information retrieval with other interests in machine learning, natural language processing, psychology, and statistics.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Web/Mobile App Development

Established a strong foundation in object-oriented programming and data structures. Additionally, I took artificial intelligence, Android app dev, and web app dev, with a senior lab track on web/mobile app development.

Leadership

Hackers@UVA

Hackers@UVA

Feb 2017 - Present

Co-President

Spearheading effort to massively expand hacker culture at UVA by increasing student exposure to industry workshops & skills
Raised and managed $80k funds for Hack.UVA ‘18, boosted attendance by 1.75x from 200 to 550 students, organized caterers
Separately participated in 10 other hackathons, mentored 2 middle school hackathons

Cavalier Symphony Orchestra

Cavalier Symphony Orchestra

Sep 2016 - Present

Chief Technology Officer

Developing website to fundamentally change how technology is leveraged in the club
Separately played trumpet and french horn for concert & marching bands and full & pit orchestras since 2007

Projects

BusMan

BusMan

Jun 2018 - Present

Keeping students safe

Allowing school administration to identify, log, and display parking location of buses after school, keeping students informed and safe

HTML, JS, CSS, Python, AWS

What's Open @ UVA

What's Open @ UVA

Feb 2018 - Present

Hours of institutions at UVA

HTML, JS, CSS, PHP

Cavalier Symphony Orchestra Website

For CSO

K-Armed Bandit

K-Armed Bandit

Jun 2018

A study in reinforcement learning

Python

Scout

Scout

Jan 2018

Search videos by content

A Chrome extension to search through videos by their video content, indexed using Amazon's powerful image recognition software. Imagine being able to search and seek through videos based on what's actually in the video, not just the metadata.

HTML, JS, CSS, Python, AWS

FaqToBot

FaqToBot

Sep 2017 - Oct 2017

Leveraging AI to Generate Question-Answer Bots for Website FAQs

Leveraged Azure's FAQ parser and AWS Lex chatbots to programmatically generate chatbots. Won best use of AWS among other awards at RamHacks 2017.

Python, Java, AWS, Azure

Anacostia Park App

Anacostia Park App

Oct 2015 - Jun 2017

GPS-based audio tour guide

Android app as part of Web/Mobile app development senior research lab project

Java

Binger

Binger

Mar 2016

Tinder but for movies

HTML, JS, CSS

Cookie Coder

Cookie Coder

Aug 2015

Cookie Clicker but in the console

HTML, JS, CSS

Endquote

Endquote

May 2015

Autocomplete for quotes in GDocs

HTML, JS, CSS

Skills

  • Python
  • Java
  • C++
  • C
  • C#

Web

  • Bootstrap
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JQuery
  • Javascript
  • SASS
  • Django
  • PHP
  • React
  • Typescript
  • Vue

  • NumPy
  • R
  • SQL
  • sklearn
  • SAS

  • Git
  • AWS
  • Bash