Here's what I'm all about.
My name is Austin Wu. Home is Chicago, Illinois, but I'm originally from Durham, North Carolina, where I'm currently studying Computer Science and Linguistics at Duke University.
I love rock climbing, traveling, and teaching, whether it's elementary school students in rural China or my peers at Duke University. For me teaching extends far past the classroom, and I am always happy to help someone with schoolwork, offer advice, or simply serve as a sounding board.
I'm always looking to learn, whether about a new programming language, a piece of music, or even someone I've just met. I enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction, as well as writing about my thoughts from time to time.
During summer of 2017 I worked as an Associate Product Manager intern on the Hotels team at Google. I led an engineering team to launch and iterate on several new features, and worked with design and product to create a new framework for surfacing hotel insights. My summer at Google was a great learning experience in an incredibly supportive and collaborative environment.
I managed the Applications Division at CollegeVine, an education company focused on college admissions. I directed dozens of program managers and hundreds of consultants working 1-on-1 with high schoolers on college applications. Each year our clients matriculated to a range of schools and programs worldwide, including elite universities, top liberal arts colleges, and even BS/MD programs.
During summer of 2016 I worked as a software engineering intern on the web platform at Smartkarma, a collaborative marketplace for investment research in Asian markets. At Smartkarma, I implemented frontend features that simplified and enhanced user experiences, including a data visualization tool for event-driven equity valuations.
During summer of 2016 I worked as a software engineering intern at Quobyte, a company specializing in software defined distributed storage. Located in Berlin, Quobyte allowed me to not only see a new part of the tech and startup world, but also work with extremely complex and challenging topics on the cutting edge of distributed computing.
During summer of 2015 I was fortunate enough to work as a data science intern at Curiosity, an online learning platform. Throughout my internship, I worked with the engineering and content teams to build user friendly audience and content analytics tools.
I am currently studying computer science and linguistics at Duke University. At Duke, I am involved with the Asian Students Association, HackDuke, and Dukes and Duchesses.