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About Wesley

Wesley Tian

Wesley Tian is currently studying Computer Science and Data Science at the University of Michigan. He previously served as the President of the Michigan Data Science Team, a competitive data science team funded by Google, the National Science Foundation, and the Michigan Institute of Data Science. Media outlets such as the The New York Times and others have covered MDST’s work for social good.

In the past few years, Wesley has worked on research and development at an Internet of things startup with Rui Wang*, machine learning research in healthcare with Jenna Wiens, and philosophy in artificial intelligence with Rich Thomason**. Last summer, he was hired by conversational AI startup, Clinc, to improve their machine learning models. This past summer, he developed internal tools under Microsoft’s Cloud + AI Platform.

He was born in Mountain View, California, and then moved to Oregon, Taiwan, back to Oregon, Shanghai, Massachusetts, and finally, Michigan. He spent the first two years of his undergrad in Amherst, MA, first studying Environmental Science, then Computer Science and Mathematics. He thanks these moves for his openness to different perspectives and helping form many of his unique thoughts. Outside of school and work, he enjoys reading, writing, and hiking. His favorite hikes include Greece’s Mount Olympus, the Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Trail in Washington’s North Cascades National Park, and Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous US.

His father was a first-generation immigrant from China. Due to the Down to the Countryside Movement, he was stuck as a farmer in China’s rural countryside until he was 18 years old. By studying hard, he was later accepted by a few Ivy Leagues, but his village barred him from leaving the fields. A few years after Deng XiaoPing liberated China, he came to the states for his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He dropping out of his Ph.D. to work and support his family. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Excutive VP of Piotech, a series C startup in the semiconductor industry. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President at Nikon Precision China. He enjoys golfing in his free time.

His mother has a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and enjoys performing as a belly dancer.

His sister, Jeni Ni, is currently attending culinary school in France. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Legacy Brands International, Co-Founder of Frilly Forbes, and VP of Marketing at Karmaloop.

His grandfather, Wang on his father’s side is a professional composer and conductor, having composed pieces for the Chinese National Anthem. His granfather on his mother’s side, Xudong Wang is a full-timepainter, specializing in Chinese landscape painting.

* See Hacking an Inadequate Air Conditioner.
** See paper.

About This Site

I made this blog primarily because I enjoy writing and want to get better at it. I also want to share what I’ve learned from my real-life experiences with other people, just as others have shared with me (e.g. Phillip Guo, Sam Altman, and Paul Graham). This blog is intended cover a smorgasbord of topics – from hardware projects to philosophy. If you’d like to discuss any post in detail, could you please leave a comment in the respective post’s comment section? Thanks.

Tags for posts include #work, #personal, #school, #internship, #project, #programming, #advice, and #travel. If you’d like to view posts with a certain tag, please navigate to wesleytian.com/tags/name_of_tag (e.g. wesleytian.com/tags/personal).

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