ESP Biography

VAROT PREMTOON, MIT Freshman from Thailand, majoring in Comp Sci

Major: 6-3

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2018

Picture of Varot Premtoon

Brief Biographical Sketch:


My name is Varot Premtoon, although I go by 'Pond.' I'm an MIT freshman from Thailand, and I'm going to major in Course 6-3 Computer Science!

I started programming in 7th grade, and have been learning algorithms, data structures, and coding in general since then. I finally made it to the International Olympiad in Informatics 2012 (It's basically a international high-school-level competition for algorithmic problem solving. Four people represent each of the ~80 participating countries) and got a bronze medal. I code in C/C++ and also Python.

Besides CS, I am a Thai at heart. I am a native speaker of the Thai language, and I also like writing poem occasionally in Thai. I am taking 24.900 Intro to Linguistics, and I found it enormously interesting as a language learner (I didn't grow up speaking English) to learn a science aspect of language. I wish to pursue a minor in Linguistics. I also play Thai traditional music

I want to teach for a living in the future. Hopefully I will become a college professor in Thailand, where I can both teach and do awesome research. Splash will be my first big step into the world of teaching, and I'm really excited about it!

Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)

Writing systems in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
A panoramic view of many major writing systems used around the world.

Find the Shortest Path! in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
How map apps find you the best path in a gigantic map within seconds? This class explores how to create efficient algorithms to find the shortest route on a map represented in graph. We will begin with a basic way to represent a map, and then create and improve our code until it can perform on a 10,000-road map within a second! The class will be taught in C. (keywords: graph, breadth first search, dijkstra, floyd-warshall) (Don't be scared by the keywords!)