After a misspent youth playing with motors and transistors in the Bay Area, Robert went on to get a degree in Computer Science at Columbia. Since he still wanted to spend a full four years in college (and it'd only been three!), he also picked up a Master's degree in the same subject. Over the course of his time with the department, he was awarded the Theodore R. Bashkow Award and the King's Crown Leadership Award, as well as getting an Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's award for undergraduate research. Despite all the time spent in the lab, though, Robert is now working on distributed systems at Dropbox in San Francisco.
Robert has taught and tutored in various subjects and places, most recently in graduate-level machine learning and natural language processing classes at Columbia. Previously, he led recitations for a course in systems programming and served as a peer advisor for the Computer Science department. He also volunteers his time to teach high school students computer science at Balboa High School. Robert loves spreading knowledge and helping students understand complex topics in intuitive ways.
Besides sitting in front of a computer, Robert spends his time solving fun puzzles and trying to learn how to cook amazing food.