ESP Biography

SAMEER JAIN, Engineer passionate about tech and public policy

Major: Operations Research

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Sameer Jain is an undergraduate student studying Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University, where he is also pursuing a minor in Computer Science. Sameer has also completed coursework in Political Philosophy and Ethics. He expects to graduate in May 2019. In the future, Sameer hopes to solve public policy issues using methods in Operations Research. Sameer is deeply concerned with issues in ethics and political philosophy. He is specifically interested in the role technology plays in government.

Past Classes

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H778: Philosophy for Scientists and Engineers in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
The course will examine the roles and responsibilities of engineers in the context of civic life when creating new products and companies. This course will be an overview of three major ethical systems, Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics in the context of various engineering disciplines. There will be an emphasis on modern problems in social media and free speech as well as data science. Examples of questions that will be examined: - What is the role of social media companies in our society given their ability to sell our information? - What moral obligations do engineers posses when building bridges and other structures? - Does maximizing user's immediate happiness always lead to the best products for society at large? - Why should STEM students study Philosophy in the first place?

A810: How to Read Paintings and Sculpture in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
This course will teach students how to look at a painting or piece of sculpture and make meaningful insights about the work. This course is intended for any students who has been to an art history museum and has felt completely lost and incapable of appreciating what they see. By the end of the course, the student should be able to go to an art museum and find value from the experience. There will be a focus on artwork in the Western tradition.