ESP Biography


Major: Computer Engineering

College/Employer: UMass Boston

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Past Classes

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M13881: A Taste of Topology in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
You may have heard of topology as the branch of math where "a donut is the same as a coffee cup" -- we'll be learning precisely what this means, and more. One of the biggest hurdles will be understanding exactly what we mean by "same". Grappling with this question will lead us to explore the idea of an "invariant", one of the main themes of topology. There will be lots of pictures.

X13884: Introduction to Linguistics in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
How do scientists analyze language? How do babies learn languages? Do you want to become more aware of your tongue? Come learn about all the things about language you already technically know but don't even know you know!

X13494: Introduction to (Puzzlehunt) Puzzles in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Come solve puzzles with us! These aren't jigsaw puzzles though - think secret messages in the style of The DaVinci Code, National Treasure, or 39 Clues. If you like finding patterns, decoding ciphers, logic puzzles, or leaps of intuition, there's probably a puzzle for you!

M13501: What is Topology? in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
You've probably heard that topology is the branch of math where "you can't tell a coffee cup and donut apart". We'll start with a short discussion of different infinities, define homeomorphism (a tool for "telling things apart") and define homotopy equivalence (a more complicated tool for "telling things apart"). We'll be using quite a few symbols, but I'll define them as we go and you won't need to understand them to understand the geometric idea.

S13529: Race Through Organic Chemistry in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
How much of organic chemistry do you think can be covered in 2 hours? How about all of it..? - at least that's what we'll try! From the basics of classes of compounds and simple reactivity to total synthesis, all will be covered in this Clais(s)-en condensed form.

X13609: Intro to Linguistics Puzzles in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Learn how to use logical reasoning to decipher the words and properties of different languages! First we'll go over the general process of solving a NACLO puzzle and how to organize your thoughts while doing so. Then you'll have the opportunity to solve different puzzles of your choice! No prior linguistics knowledge is required!