San Francisco, CA
Since February 2014 I write software
at Dropbox. I spent the first
year-and-a-bit in infrastructure, running the world's largest network
filesystem. In May 2015 I helped create our engineering-effectiveness
team, where we've built and are building the tools, code architecture,
and language features for Dropbox's Python codebase to scale to the
hundreds of engineers and enormous number of lines of code that it's
Before that I worked at several startups, including
and Ksplice, an MIT spinoff
eventually acquired by Oracle.
From 2007 to 2009 I was a grad student in theoretical computer
science at MIT, working with
Kelner and Erik Demaine. I
received my master's degree at MIT in 2008, and my bachelor's in
mathematics at Harvard in 2007.
Selected papers from my research days:
- Higher eigenvalues of graphs. With Jonathan
Kelner, James R. Lee, and Shang-Hua Teng. FOCS 2009.
- Security impact ratings considered harmful.
With Jeff Arnold, Tim Abbott, Waseem Daher, Nelson Elhage,
Geoffrey Thomas, and Anders Kaseorg. HotOS 2009.
- A pseudopolynomial algorithm for Alexandrov's
Theorem. With Daniel Kane and Erik Demaine.
Some non-academic talks delivered:
- In 2008-2009 I was chairman of
the Student Information
Processing Board, MIT's student computing group, and
recruited a record number of first- and second-year students. We put a
lot of creativity into building computer systems for the MIT
community, and it was a good place to learn about computer systems
- I led SIPB's XVM Project
until 2009, which offers virtual machines to the MIT community.
We've developed our own management software,
- I organized and run MIT
Free Culture, a response to the increasingly invasive scope
and effectively unending duration of copyright restrictions. We
- Once I wrote
article for The Tech, MIT's student newspaper.
The Wall Street Journal
it up as an "A-hed" story on its front page.