Staff

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Andy van Dam (avd) Professor
Head TAs

Divya Mahadevan (dmahadev) '17: I'm a CS concentrator (computer graphics is really cool). Outside of TAing, I love reading, drawing, cooking, and binge watching Netflix/HBO.
Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Dan Ziring (dziring) '17: Outside of TAing, I'm very involved in BOLT (Brown Outdoor Leadership Training) and can probably be found hiding out on the East Bay Bike Path.
Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Emily Magavern (emagaver) '18: I'm a CS and linguistics concentrator and I enjoy politics, writing, TV, languages, and cooking.
Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Sophia Hsiao (shsiao) '18: I'm a CS concentrator, especially interested in computational biology! I'm a Coloradoan, a scuba diver and a member of WiCS.
Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science and Women's Technology Program

Adrian Turcu (aturcu) '19

I'm a PLME student concentrating in either CS or Computational Biology (still can't decide...). In my free time I like playing basketball and Super Smash Bros.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science

Ali Mir (am209) '19

Concentrating in CS! I play volleyball on the club team, and I love playing the guitar and taking photos.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Chantal Toupin (ctoupin) '19

Concentrating in CS and maybe History. I'm a co-president of BOMBS (Brown Organization for Multiracial and Biracial Students), I play club frisbee, and I'm a huge San Francisco Giants fan!

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Chinenye Uduji (cuduji) '19

I hope to concentrate in CS and either Africana or Ethnic Studies, but I luckily still have time to decide! I am also involved in Mosaic+ and the Black Student Union (Treasurer).

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Sandy Harvie (charvie) '19

Concentrating in CS! I love Game of Thrones, surfing, and fly fishing.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Devanshi Nishar (dnishar) '18

Outside of TAing 15, I'm also on Bluestockings management and am decent at limbo!

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Elaine Jiang (ejiang1) '19

I'm concentrating in CS (and possibly psychology), and I'm part of Brown Science Prep, WiCS and CSA. I love rollercoasters and watermelon.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science.

Emma Catlin (ecatlin) '18

Computer Science concentrator. I love writing fictional tid bits and laughing at my brother.

Pre-CS15 Experience: A few cs classes in highschool.

Grant Fong (gfong1) '19

Besides TAing, I help organize Hack@Brown and am a Peer Mental Health Counselor for Projects LETS. I also enjoy cycling in my free time and participate in Club Cycling

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Hannah He (hhe2) '19

I'm planning on double concentrating in English and Computer Science. I'm also in Kappa Delta and enjoy playing volleyball in my free time.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Hannah Tipperman (htipperm) '19

I'm concentrating in CS, and I'm a member of Hack@Brown, Brown EP, and AXO.

Pre-CS15 Experience: A few CS classes in highschool, but no Java.

Hans Sun (hsun5) '19

Bay Area, CS + Econ. Extracurricular activities include eating food and sleeping all day everyday.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science

Harsh Chandra (hc70) '18

I'm concentrating in CS. I serve as a Meiklejohn and love to watch/play soccer and cook Indian and Thai food. I'm also a member of the Graphics Group.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Jide Omekam (jomekam) '18

I am currently concentrating in Computer Science- Economics. Outside of TAing, I am an RPL and involved in Mosaic+, TEALS, and the Black Student Union.

Pre-CS15 Experience: Aside from basic HTML, I had little to no background in Computer Science.

Jonathan Chemburkar (jchembur) '19

I am double concentrating in Applied-Math Econ and CS. On top of being a TA, I am an avid tea drinker, I play ultimate frisbee, and I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Jordan White (jaw5) '18

Your vanilla CS major, also part of Brown UNICEF, I also do some other things and enjoy making music. I end all my files with newlines.

Pre-CS15 Experience: I followed internet tutorials word for word, making video games in a gross language called ActionScript.

Justine Breuch (jbreuch) '18

I'm double concentrating in Computer Science and English. Staff Writer for BRP, volunteer for Learning Exchange, political junkie and passionate binger of Netflix / HBO.

Pre-CS15 Experience: I did a coding bootcamp before but it focused predominantly on web development so CS15 was mostly new concepts.

Kaila Jeter (kjeter1) '19

A potential CS concentrator, a WiSE mentor, and a Kanye fan.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Katie Chu (kchu) '19

Some of the things I'm involved in include club running (check out Blackstone if you haven't already!) and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Pre-CS15 Experience: Took one object-oriented programming class in high school

Katya Schwiegershausen (kschwieg) '18

Outside of TAing, I facilitate a Girls Who Code Club in Providence and am a member of the Brown Figure Skating Club.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Kei Nakagawa (knakagaw) '17

I'm double concentrating in CS and Psych! When not in class or TAing, you can find me doing improv or staying hydrated.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Kyu Bin Kwon (kk14) '18

Besides programming I also love the animation and graphics side of CS, and I draw digitally in my free time.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Laura Blackstone (lblackst) '19

I'm concentrating in CS & Pure Math, and am in Swing Club, Juggling Club, and Taekwondo. I also love running, hiking, kayaking, boffer, cooking, painting, and napping.

Pre-CS15 Experience: I had used python for math classes, but never took a formal programming class before CS15.

Lauren Ho (lho1) '19

When I am not working on CS related things, I love to write stories, exercise (namely swimming and biking), and wait for the next season of Game of Thrones to come out.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Matt Sicat (msicat) '19

I plan to concentrate in computer science. I enjoy music and love playing drums in my jazz combo here at Brown and with other peeps who love to jam.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Montana Fowler (mfowler) '19

I'm a TA & WPC concentrating in CS and VISA. I also love rock climbing with the outing club!

Pre-CS15 Experience: I took APCS & did a camp called Girl Code.

Nia Sanders (nsanders) '19

I'm double concentrating in CS and Performance Studies. I'm a member of Dance Extension, Brown Aerial Arts, and Quest Scholars @ Brown.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science

Olabade Omole (oomole) '17

I'm concentrating in Cognitive Science and I am a Physical Sciences Tour Guide as well as a Camp Kesem Coordinator and Counselor. I love unicorns, ice cream, and dragons.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Olivia Recabo (orecabo) '17

I'm concentrating in neuroscience, co-president of GlobeMed at Brown, a leader and mentor for BOLT (Brown Outdoor Leadership Training), and when not in the sci li or CIT, can likely be found picking things up and putting things down at the Nelson.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Peter Frisch (pfrisch) '18

I am an APMA-CS concentrator. I play trombone in the Jazz Band and in a few student groups.

Pre-CS15 Experience: I took a course in Python prior to cs15

Purvi Goel (pgoel2) '19

I'm going to concentrate in Computer Science. Outside of TAing, I'm on the women's varsity squash team and write for a few publications on campus.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Rachael Tipperman (rtipperm) '19

I'm a CS concentrator involved in Hack@Brown, BrownEP, and Kappa Alpha Theta! I spend most of my free time trying to get a booth in the Blue Room.

Pre-CS15 Experience: Some CS classes in high school (nothing with Java) and robotics (VEX, FRC, and FTC).

Rachel Markell (rnmarkel) '18

I'm double concentrating in CS and MCM & I'm really into poetry, socks and Taylor Swift.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Renuka Diwan (rdiwan) '19

I'm a CS-Econ concentrator, Co-Director of Brown Badmaash Dance Team, and SASA Events Co-Chair. I love Chai, Netflix, and sleep.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science

Robert Ju (rju) '18

I'm a CS-Econ concentrator and also serve as a Meiklejohn. I love poker, pennyboarding, and boba.

Pre-CS15 Experience: Made a few things using a drag-and-drop interface before Brown.

Samantha Mayfield (smayfiel) '18

I'm concentrating in CS. I'm a member of Disney A Cappella and a huge fan of drinking coffee.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Samir Gadre (sagadre) '18

When I'm not moonlighting as an actor for CS15 skits, I am involved with an environmental education group and am part of the frisbee team!

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Sarah Kim (skim6) '19

I'm thinking about concentrating in Computational Biology. I am a Meiklejohn, a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, and a member of Brown's only pirate acapella group! (We killed the other one)

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer science

Sarah Pratt (sp21) '18

I am studying APMA-CS. Besides CS, I love visual arts and have taken many classes in the visa department. I am also a member of Artbeat (Brown's club for community art).

Pre-CS15 Experience: I had almost no background in CS, mostly involving coding on my graphing calculator.

Surbhi Madan (sm15) '17

Concentrating in CS! I enjoy drinking tons of tea over a good ol' book in my spare time and sometimes play at club badminton for fun.

Pre-CS15 Experience: None

Todd Ashley (tashley) '18

I'm double concentrating in Engineering and CS, love producing music, and watch a lot of soccer.

Pre-CS15 Experience: I had some MATLAB experience but overall knew pretty much nothing!

Tristin Falk-LeFay (tfalklef) '19

Outside of TAing I'm involved in intramural sports (flag football, ultimate frisbee, soccer), club sports (rugby & running, when I have time), and the QuestBridge Mentoring program. I also like playing guitar, working out, and taking long walks on the beach.

Pre-CS15 Experience: Computer Programming + Web Design prior to CS15

Zach Kirschenbaum (zkirsche) '19

When I'm not working on skits, I spend my time in the Graphics Lab, the Queer Alliance, and the Beta Rho Pi fraternity. Hobbies include fomo, falling asleep early, and being too self-reflective.

Pre-CS15 Experience: AP Computer Science