ESP Biography


Major: 18

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Past Classes

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X10923: The Nature of Ideas in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Why do ideas spread? What makes an idea stick? How much is an idea worth? Can ideas change the world? In this class, we’ll be exploring these questions (and asking more) through hands-on activities, group discussion, and thought-provoking examples.

M10944: Fermi Estimation: the Math Behind Random Guessing in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
How many fish are in the sea? What would it cost to wash all of the windows in New York City? How many ping-pong balls would it take to fill a 747? If you want to be able to answer these questions and others like them, then come and learn about Fermi estimation! We'll cover some tips and tricks for making "back-of-the-envelope" calculations like these in order to solve difficult problems involving really large numbers.

M10053: Can You Name a Bigger Number? in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
You have one minute and an index card to write down the biggest number you can think of. We'll talk about Busy Beaver Numbers, Turing Machines, the Ackermann function, different sizes of infinity and other strange and interesting things. Then we'll play again. Who can name the bigger number? Inspired by Scott Aaronson's essay of the same name.

M8993: Efficient Algorithms with a Time Machine in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
What would you do if you suddenly came across a time machine? What if we told you that you could use it solve some of the most difficult problems known to humankind in the time it takes to read them? You may have heard of the P vs.NP problem, and the idea that some problems take longer to solve than the universe gives you. In this class, we'll cover basic algorithms and then work our way up to those NP-hard problems that take longer than the age of the universe to solve. And then we'll ask: but what if you had a time machine?

C7503: Intro to Circuit Design in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Ever wondered how a computer works, how to build your own 3D printer, or how to be a better programmer? Circuit boards are awesome. They connect our digital lives and the resistors, capacitors, and microchips that run them. This class will jumpstart your knowledge about circuits by teaching you how to make your very own Printed Circuit Board (PCB). We'll use a free program called Eagle to teach you everything from the components you'll need to how to lay them out. Build your own Arduino! Make a LED light game! Hack your own web server! Join us for this exciting class that will teach you everything you need to know about circuits and hardware. At the end you’ll even get to take home the PCB that we designed together!