Tom Zhang

senior @ monta vista high school

computer science @ columbia university

programmer. leader.

teacher. innovator.

Hi, I'm Tom.

I'm a high school senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, and will be attending Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science next year to study Computer Science.

I've always been captivated by technology, but computer science in particular is incredibly fascinating to me. My areas of focus are artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and full-stack development. While I consider myself to be a "coder", "programmer", and "hacker", I'm deeply interested in interdisciplinary applications ranging from biology to finance. Like many students, I haven't decided on a career path yet, but would definitely like to be a software engineer, entrepreneur, technology consultant, or quantitative analyst.

I've had the amazing opportunity to conduct academic research at some of the best institutions in the world. I'm currently a Bioinformatics Reserach Intern at Stanford University, and previously conducted machine learning research at UC Berkeley. I've authored and co-authored several publications in prestigious journals and conferences.

I'm also highly involved with the hackathon community, both as a leader and participant. I've attended a dozen or so events across the country, winning awards for many of my projects. Hackathon organizations that I lead, including HSHacks, MatadorHacks, and DeltaHacks Institute, have impacted more than 3,300 students nationwide and raised over $170,000 from companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Sequoia Capital.

I spend time giving back to my community through organizations like Leo Club, NHS, and CalTutors, where I also serve as officers. I'm also a Debate Captain for my school's Speech and Debate club, where I have the opportunity to throughly learn about important real-world issues.

In my free time, I enjoy trying different boba spots with friends, reading Quora/Medium, and skiing at Mt. Rose. I'm also an avid movie watcher, and you might catch me browsing YouTube if I'm being really unproductive.

My page is currently under construction, and it'll be a while before everything is completed. However, feel free to contact me or check out my profiles to the left.

    Skills
  • General: Java, Python, R, JS, CS Theory, Advanced Algorithms, Data Structures, Git Source Control & Collaboration, Public Speaking, Leadership, Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Microsoft Office, Video Editiing & Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Python, R, TensorFlow, Pytorch, Keras, OpenCV
  • Bioinformatics: Python, R, Machine Learning, Statistics
  • Full-Stack: Web development (HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, Flask, Django), App Development (Android (Java, XML, Kotlin), React Native)

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