I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Mathematics, finishing my degree in two years (2021-2023). During that time, I organized and hosted many events catered to undergraduates in the topics of recruiting, job search, and extracurriculars. I enjoy traveling to mentor and judge hackathons at different universities while continuing to give workshops and talks around the East Coast. I tinker with large database systems, text mining, and computer security in my spare time.

In 2024, I will be starting to pursue my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Carnegie Mellon University

Email: davidzhongtaian(at)gmail(dot)com

Linkedin: @davidzan

Talks + Presentations
[10-23-2023] Technica - Cracking the {Code} Presentation Slides
[05-23-2023] Women in Computer Science Summer Opportunities! Slides
[04-30-2023] SIGPwny Open Source INTelligence (OSINT) Presentation Slides
[04-19-2023] CS222: Software Design Lab Seminar Slides
[10-03-2022] Disruption Lab Recruiting Seminar Slides
[09-16-2022] CS 100: Computer Science Orientation Talk Slides
[08-16-2022] Building Community in Online Learning (iCSTW 2022) Slides, Recording
News Features
[2023] Fortune: Snap’s ‘My AI’ tells users it doesn’t know their location. Link
[2023] Early College Program Propels David An’s Educational Journey Link
[2022] Research Park Innovations Podcast Episode Link
[2022] Research Park Outstanding Undergraduate Intern Award Link
[2020] High School Junior Earns Degree Through Early College Program Link
Research + Side Fun
Natural Phenomena of Roots of Cubics in the Complex Field Paper
The Influence of Lunch Items on Cryptocurrency in the United States Paper
Building an NLP-Powered Repository for Cyber Risk Literature Poster, Link
Scraping Web Data for Academic Literature Link
Volunteering + Teaching
PennApps, HackMIT, UIUC FallCTF Mentoring + Judging Sep. 2023
IEEE Region 5 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Feb. 2023 - Mar. 2023
STAT 400 Course Assistant Aug. 2022 - May 2023
Summer of Side Projects 2022 Program Coordinator May 2022 - Aug. 2022
Professional Experience
Red Cell Partners Software Engineer Jun. 2023 - Present
Red Cell Partners Software Contractor Sep. 2022 - Jun. 2023
Ameren Data Scientist Intern May 2022 - Aug. 2022
Illinois Risk (iRisk) Lab Researcher Apr. 2022 - Aug. 2022
ASA D.Next Business Analyst Intern Sep. 2021 - Apr. 2022