I'm Kevin Hu, and this is my website. I study at Mass Academy with my old computer and textbook, Intro to Algorithms. Everything in here has a project and a grade. One thing I've learned after three days—you never know WHAT is gonna be on that physics homework.


What is Mass Academy?

Mass Academy, MAMS, or formally The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (although nobody really says it that way), is a program for high school juniors and seniors held at WPI. The curriculum at MAMS is unconventional compared to the traditional school model, as many classes are based on projects and group discussions rather than tests. In addition, grades are based on improvement over the year rather than raw ability. Juniors like me take classes in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Humanities, French, STEM, and STW (Science and Technical Writing). Seniors take the same schedules as college freshmen at WPI, allowing them to graduate a year early if they choose to later attend WPI.

About me

I am a 5’ 9.5” sixteen-year-old agnostic asian male who lives in Westborough, Massachusetts. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ and my favorite food is either medium rare tenderloin steak or Peking duck. Although I currently live in Westborough, I was actually born in Newton, MA where I also lived for the first two years of my life. For some reason, many people think I was born in China, which is probably due to my accent (I spoke Chinese before speaking English). I have two younger brothers, Andy and Richard, who are three and seven years younger than me, respectively. Prior to junior year, I attended Westborough High School, where I was often bored.

young kevin

My hobbies

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.

science fair OpenGL render