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Heap Summer Fellows 2019 Announced

Heap Fellows is an invite-only program for young computer scientists with uncommon potential.

Meet The Fellows

We’ve selected the following students as our 2019 Heap Summer Fellows. Please join us in welcoming them!

Brahm Capoor

I was, until very recently, a senior at Stanford studying Symbolic Systems and am now a Master’s student in the Computer Science Department, concentrating in Artificial Intelligence and Systems. I firmly believe that the world is way too interesting to stay bored, so I optimize for finding hard problems and interesting ways to solve them. That goal has led me to teaching introductory Computer Science at Stanford, to researching ways to scale up CS education, to building tools used by thousands of Stanford students to take digital exams, and even to a ton of of cool work in industry. Aside from that, I’m super passionate about Graphic Novels and superheroes, random historical and geographic trivia and pretend that I’m much cooler than I actually am by riding a skateboard everywhere!

Hanto (Will) Wang

Will is a Masters student studying computer science at UC Berkeley, where he just finished his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Will is advised by Prof. Scott Shenker and his research focuses on difficult problems in practical distributed systems such as resource allocation optimization. He is currently working as a SWE Intern at Google on the open source project Kubernetes and specifically the container storage interface. Will teaches systems at Berkeley where he has taught both the Operating Systems and Networking courses, including as the head teaching assistant of Operating Systems in the Fall. In his free time, Will likes to develop applications for leisure and has worked on and then lead the berkeleytime.com project over the past two years. He also likes to write and has written two popular Medium articles on microservice architecture and containerization with a third on the way.

Hermish Mehta

Hermish is a rising junior studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests lie in theoretical computer science, machine learning and computational cognitive science, having worked on research projects at Berkeley and Princeton. Hermish is also passionate about making computer science more accessible through teaching and outreach.

Paula Lahera

Paula is a rising senior at MIT studying Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Los Angeles, CA. She's currently interning at Facebook working on ads bidding infrastructure. Previously she interned twice at Google. At MIT she is a lab assistant for their Software Construction class and previously was a lab assistant for Fundamentals of Programming. She's looking forward to studying abroad at Imperial College London next spring during her final semester of college.

Yifeng (Richard) Lin

I'm a rising senior at Stanford Univerity studying Computer Science focusing on AI and Robotics. I've been doing robotics for more than 10 years, working on both the hardware and the software. I also really enjoy archery and swing dancing!

Patrick Chao

Patrick is a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Statistics, interested in investigating theoretical machine learning with a statistical emphasis. He is currently conducting research in optimization and theoretical statistics. He has interned at Jane Street Capital as a trading intern and worked as a teaching assistant for machine learning and data science courses. He hopes to apply his skills to social good efforts in the future. Outside of school, Patrick loves dogs, baking, and trying new food.

Sayan Chaudhry

Sayan, originally from New Delhi, India, is a rising junior in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a teaching assistant for the course Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science and is the Director of ScottyLabs, a maker club that organizes CMU’s largest hackathon TartanHacks every year. Currently, he is working as a full stack engineer at Yelp and he spent last summer researching characterization and prevention of unsafe selfie-taking behavior of users.

Abinaya Rajesh

Abinaya is a rising senior. Initially choosing hardware engineering at Carnegie Mellon after earning a place at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, she quickly realized that her passion was actually the software side -- the School of Computer Science. She quickly switched over to major in Computer Science with a minor in Machine learning. She has interned at Facebook for three summers working on the Feed Ads quality team last summer and the Brain-Computer Interface team this year. She is passionate about teaching and has TA’ed multiple classes at CMU including Fundamentals of programming, Foundations of mathematics in computer science, Principles of parallel and sequential algorithms and Probability and computing. Abinaya likes to sing Bollywood music in her free time and strongly believes in women empowerment.

Leo Mehr

Leo is completing an MS at Stanford focusing on Machine Learning and Data Systems. He has published research in Natural Language Processing and was a teaching assistant for Stanford's undergrad and grad databases courses. This summer, Leo is interning at Sisu Data, a 15-person startup, and has previously worked at Google and high-frequency trading firm Hudson River Trading. He is an avid triathlete, enjoys speaking French, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

Anirudh Baddepudi

Anirudh is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University studying Computer Science and Mathematics. His interests are primarily in theoretical computer science, algorithm design and quantitative finance, and he likes to think about how he can use interesting problems in these fields to create social impact. Anirudh is passionate about teaching, having designed an extension math curriculum and taught 2nd-5th grade math classes in his elementary school as a high school student. At CMU, he has been a TA for the ‘Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science’ course, and is currently a TA for ‘Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science’. This summer, he’s interning in the analytics team at Automation Anywhere, a startup which builds intelligent RPA (Robotic Process Automation) software. Anirudh also enjoys playing cricket, travelling to new countries, and learning Chinese.

Lindsay Yang

Hi everyone! I am a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying computer science and cognitive science. I'm originally from the Bay Area and am working in SF, so I haven't really gone that far, though luckily I was able to work in the Seattle area last summer. Some things I like to do are hiking, doing crossword puzzles, watching Bojack Horseman and drinking boba. I am really excited to explore the city, new experiences, and new opportunities while I have the chance to do so this summer!

Justin Hong

Hi, my name is Justin Hong. I’m from Acton, Massachusetts, and I just graduated UC Berkeley undergrad and will be returning for a one-year Master’s. I have interned at Affinity and Palantir in the past and am super excited to be joining Nuro for this summer!

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