ESP Biography

LESTER KIM, Harvard BA Physics, Columbia MS Actuarial Science

Major: Statistics

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a software engineer interested in the intersection of physics and computer science. Currently, I am a software engineer at Aliro Quantum Technologies. Previously, I was a backend product engineer at Blue Apron. Prior to that, I was the Director of Data at Littlstar, a cinematic virtual reality startup. I enjoy studying and teaching physics, mathematics, and computer science. I got my A.B. in Physics at Harvard College and my M.S. in Actuarial Science at Columbia University.

Other interests: martial arts, Zen, improv

Past Classes

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M923: Introduction to Computer Programming in Splash Fall 2020 (Nov. 07, 2020)
This course will introduce computer programming in Python. We begin with setting up our software development environment and conclude with basic data structures and algorithms. As time permits, we might explore binary data representation, sorting, and object-oriented design.

M816: Introduction to Computer Science in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
This course will introduce different topics in computer science. We define what a computer is and describe its architecture. Then, we will explore how computers represent data. Eventually, we will discuss algorithms and conclude with a topic of the students' choice (e.g. artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cryptography, the Internet, the future of computing, virtual reality).

M733: Introduction to Applied Mathematics in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
This course will explore different topics in applied mathematics with examples from physics, economics, computer science, finance, and more. If you ever wondered how the math you learn in high school applies to the real world, this is the class for you.