May 8, 2019

How to Land Your Dream Internship

Here are five pieces of wisdom that I’ve gained from applying to hundreds of companies and speaking to hundreds of recruiters in the past four years. These tips aren’t just valuable for landing internship offers from the Big 4 (Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google), but also at other companies. 1. Your Online Presence Matters More Than You Think Some people think that maintaining a personal website or LinkedIn is a waste of time. Read more

July 25, 2018

Becoming a Better Software Engineer

I’ve recently realized that the skills you learn as a software engineer (SWE) are disjoint from the skills that you learn in school. Below are some of my findings. 1. Nobody knows the answer, but it’s out there somewhere. It’s up to you and only you to figure it out. That’s what the company is paying you to do. Problem-solve. When my internship first started, I shot questions at my mentor, full-timers, and other interns what seemed like every hour. Read more

July 24, 2018

Super Linux Warp Pipe

Today at work I came across a problem that I managed to solve using multiple Linux pipes. What I needed to do to solve the problem was count the frequency of words existing between a certain context. This is a simplified version of what the input looked like: Where is the { FRUIT apple } ? Is the { PLANT tree } within the ground ? The { FRUIT banana } ate some { FRUIT banana } . Read more

May 29, 2017

Hacking an Inadequate Air Conditioner – Part 2

Click here for part 1. After my professor and I created the prototype for the Remote Thermostat in, we worked on the printed circuit board layout using EAGLE. Then we placed the order through a Chinese website and then waited for the board to be delivered.

September 8, 2016

Hacking an Inadequate Air Conditioner – Part 1

GitHub Repository: It was scorching hot this summer in Amherst, Massachusetts. Especially because my room was on the second floor, the room temperature would often rise to over 100° F during midday. The house I stayed in didn’t have a central HVAC (heat-ventilation-air-conditioning) system built into the house so we opted for a window AC that could be inserted into the frame of the window and be plugged into the wall outlet for power. Read more

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