Hey there! I'm a Stanford undergraduate interested in studying computer science and electrical engineering. I have research and project experience in machine learning, circuit design, CAD modeling, and internet/computer security.
When I'm not studying or doing research, I love to tinker around, do photography, cook, and write.
maxjdu [~at~] stanford [*dot*] edu
Currently, I am working in the IRIS Lab under Professor Chelsea Finn on trying to use RL on real robots to accomplish tricky tasks, like peeling a banana or unzipping a backpack
My primary research interests are in machine learning, particularly RL and other unsupervised techniques. My past projects have involved anything from power engineering to IoT communications.
I am a big fan of sharing what I know!
Since Winter of 2021, I have been a Section Leader for Stanford's CS106 programs. I lead weekly lecture workshops and interactive grading sessions. I also help students in office hours and grade assignments + quizzes.
I have led both 106A and 106B classes, and I will be a course assistant in ENGR40M and CS107e (tentative) starting 2022.
I have also lectured at summer programs (AYSI) and workshops at Syracuse University.
In my spare time, I love working with electronics. In the past, I've made an arc-welder, sewage overflow protection system, and musical Tesla Coil. I also tumble-polish rocks and do some amateur chemistry. Currently, I'm working towards a Technician amateur radio license
Writing is always a pleasant break, whenever I need one from my "day job" in computer science. I specialize in narrative non-fiction and personal essays.
I'm currently working on a non-fiction book about captive killer whales.