Hi, I'm a senior at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Computer Science. I'm currently a TA for CIS 110 (Intro to Computer Science), President of Penn Hype Dance Crew, and a Tricker.
I'm interested in all aspects of the web, from front-end design to the network infrastructure that supports the cloud. As a web developer I have had experience writing both clientside (HTML, CSS, JS) and serverside (Java, Node, SQL) code and am always looking to expand my horizons. I've also worked in iOS, distributed systems (Java), and graphics programming (C++). In my free time, I aspire to push the physical boundaries of my beloved sport called Tricking.
Since the age of 5, I have been practicing the martial art of Taekwondo. At 9 I started competing in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Tournament Circuit and fell in love with what is known as "Extreme Martial Arts" or XMA. XMA is a division where competitiors combine traditional techniques with flashy acrobatics in a choreographed form to music of their choice. This naturally led me to my beloved sport of Tricking.
The most common definition of Tricking is "a combination of martial arts kicks with gymnastics flips and twists". But to me and many other trickers around the world, its a lifestyle. Thanks to Taekwondo and Tricking I have learned and applied valuable skills such as discipline and perseverance to everything I do in life.
Fortunately, my efforts in Tricking have recently allowed for me to be invited to events as a special guest where I teach seminars and share training tips with others.
In the past few years I have competed on ESPN3, 3 times, won 2 XMA world championships, been a special guest at TrickStrong Gathering's 2, 3, and 4, a special guest at Euphoria Fall Gathering 2016, and most recently have competed on Adrenaline WorldWide 6
In my spring 2016 semester at Penn I took the course "Information Design & Visualization" (FNAR 337) where I explored the concept of data visualization. For my final project I chose to tackle my passion for tricking. I sent out a survey to the global tricking page on Facebook and with the results I created this website. I call it, The Tricking Survey. It is a composition of many graphics I created with the answers to the survey using React, SCSS, and D3.js.