In my free time, I enjoy programming, swimming, and running. I am also an avid reader of books, mostly nonfiction, in my free time. I used to play soccer when I was in elementary school, but stopped after realizing how bad I was at it (I believe
I was on the E team). I also attended a summer basketball camp in eigth grade, where I was so bad that I only made a single shot in five days. Going aside from my obvious athletic shortcomings, the favorite books I have read include Randall
Munroe’s What If? and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I have also been playing the piano for over ten years, and can play a variety of musical styles not limited to jazz, classical, pop, and rock. I also enjoy
watching TV (who doesn’t?), and my favorite TV shows include Breaking Bad, House, and Game of Thrones.
I have also participated in several science fairs since seventh grade. In my first science fair project, I worked with a friend to design a robotic arm using LEGOs that had an anthropomorphic hand able to perform three-axis rotation, abduction
of the fingers, and movement of the opposable thumb. From there, I began to focus more in bioinformatics. My eigth grade science project involved applying machine learning techniques to biological circuit construction and achieved semifinalist
status in the national science fair. In freshman year, I investigated the benefits of graphical database for storage of BioBrick data, which earned first place at the state science fair.
I also like to design websites in my free time. I made my first website back in fourth grade, which was an educational website that gave visitors an overview of math topics such as trigonometry. I would later employ my web design skills in
several of my science fair projects, such as one that provided a genetic circuit design system powered by a Ruby on Rails server and another one that communicated with a Java-powered graph database to provide OpenGL-based visualizations
of relationships between genes (an animation is seen to the right). I also designed the website for my robotics team, which can be seen at team4048.org. You can also see the code for
this website on GitHub, and all my other projects are there as well.