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Alan Zhu

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
September 2019 - June 2023
S.B., Course 21W (Writing)
S.B., Course 6-3 (Computer Science and Engineering)
September 2023 - June 2024
M.Eng., Course 6-3
GPA: 5.0/5.0
Asymptones (acapella), Music Director; Next House, President; Dormitory Council, Vice President

Relevant Classwork:

  • 6.046 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (SP23, A)
  • 6.888 Secure Hardware Design (SP23, A)
  • 6.823 Computer Systems Architecture (FA23, A)
  • 6.830 Database Systems (FA23, A)
  • 21W.740 Writing Autobiography and Biography (SP22, A)
  • 6.033 Computer Systems Engineering (SP22, A)
  • 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning (SP22, A)
  • 21M.785 Playwrights’ Lab (SP22, A)
  • 21W.771 Poetry Workshop (SP22, A)
  • 6.170 Software Studio (FA21, A)
  • 6.004 Computation Structures (FA21, A)
  • 21M.780 Writing the Full-Length Play (FA21, A)
  • 6.031 Elements of Software Construction (SP21, A)
  • 21W.762 Poetry Workshop (SP21, A)
  • 6.006 Introduction to Algorithms (FA20, A)
  • 6.009 Fundamentals of Programming (FA20, A)
  • 18.701 Algebra I (FA20, A)
  • 21W.757 Fiction Workshop (FA20, A)
  • 21W.765 Interactive Narrative (FA20, A)
  • 6.08 Interconnected Embedded Systems (SP20, P)
  • 18.100B Real Analysis (SP20, P)
  • 21W.755 Reading and Writing Short Stories (SP20, P)


Languages: English (native), Chinese (native), Spanish (intermediate)

Programming Languages: proficient in C, C#, Java, Python, HTML/JS/CSS, Typescript, LaTeX; have experience with Kotlin, Dart, R, and MATLAB

Software Environments: proficient in React, Arduino, Git; have experience with Android, Django and Qt

I have accomplished nothing, in my short time on this miserable planet. My only hope is to toil forever.

Work Experience

Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft
Redmond, WA
June 2023 - August 2023

  • Worked on the Windows kernel, improving processor power management for heterogeneous architectures.
  • Worked on tools to expose PPM information in Windows Performance Analyzer.

Blogger, MIT Admissions
Cambridge, MA
September 2020 - present

  • Writing blog posts about life as an MIT student for an audience of prospective students, generally on a biweekly basis.

6.1900 Lab Assistant, MIT
Cambridge, MA
February 2023 - May 2023

  • Assisted students in 6.1900 (Introduction to Low-Level Programming in C and Assembly) with labs and exercises during office hours.

Undergraduate Researcher, MIT EECS
Cambridge, MA
September 2022 - May 2023

  • Worked on policy research relating to the regulation of social media with graduate students in the Madry lab.

Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft PromoteIQ
Bellevue, WA
June 2022 - August 2022

  • Working on internal tools for the PromoteIQ ad server using Java.

6.006 Grader, MIT
Cambridge, MA
September 2021 - December 2021

  • Grading problem sets in 6.006 (Introduction to Algorithms).

6.0001/2 Lab Assistant, MIT
Cambridge, MA
September 2021 - December 2021

  • Assisting students in 6.0001/2 (Introduction to CS and Programming using Python) with problem sets during office hours.

Software Development Engineer Intern, Amazon
June 2021 - August 2021

  • Worked on internal tooling for marketing in the Amazon Devices organization, involving extensive use of AWS services.

Teaching Assistant, MIT Concourse
Cambridge, MA
February 2021 - May 2021

  • Led recitations, held office hours, and graded problem sets for CC.802 (Physics II).

Undergraduate Researcher, MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Cambridge, MA
February 2021 - May 2021

  • Worked on referring expression generation as part of Curveship.JS, an automatic narrative variation system.
  • Wrote creative works in Curveship to demonstrate the system’s narrative power.

Editorial Intern, Chaos+Comrades
January 2021

  • Envisioned, created, and edited interviews for a relaunched weekly newsletter, and wrote an article for the publication.

Undergraduate Researcher, MIT
June 2020 - September 2020

  • Worked as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration analyzing images of pre-historic engravings to identify geometric patterns and quantitatively measure their relationship to modern human language.

Systems Manager, Research Science Institute
June 2020 - August 2020

  • Managed technology and logistics for the virtualized RSI summer camp, including the development of a small HTML/PHP website and many Python scripts.

Full-Stack Development Extern, Brain Power
Cambridge, MA
January 2020 - April 2020

  • Particpated in the rearchitecture of existing website code into ReactJS and Typescript, with a focus on modularization and test-driven development.

Undergraduate Researcher, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cambridge, MA
July 2019 - December 2019

  • Developed path planning methods for energy-constrained marine vehicles in MATLAB, working in the MSEAS group in MIT’s Ocean Engineering Center, with a particular focus on mathematical modeling for energy-collecting vehicles.

Counselor, Research Science Institute
Cambridge, MA
June 2019 - August 2019

  • Helped manage the day-to-day operations of the camp, as well as ensuring the health, safety, and social satisfaction of 82 scholars.

  1. note: these categories don’t make too much sense; but it may be neat to see specific things / it helps me prepare different versions of my resume for printing.