About

Me and Laura in front of Mt. Whitney in Alabama Hills.

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Personal

I’m always changing but people often describe me as energetic, funny, and open. I love traveling, cooking, sports, gardening, and spending time with my girlfriend Laura. I try to value experiences more than stuff. I’m also blessed to have many friends and a loving family.

Insight Meditation practice & philosophy has and continues to change my life for the better.

A Few Highlights

I was born in Tokyo, Japan. My mom was born here while my grandpa was at CalTech 1. This is why my mom and I are both dual-citizens2. Balancing my Japanese roots with my American upbringing was challenging but rewarding.

Grew up in Hawaii. Hawai’i is a gentle, beautiful place. So lucky to have grown up there.

Moved to Northern California in 2008. I went to a Waldorf High School in Sacramento, which is artsy/hippy school. I love Sacramento.

East Bay. As an undergrad at Berkeley, I was mostly interested in clean energy (stats was secondary). During and after college, I worked for a major solar energy developer.

A trip of a lifetime. In 2019, let go from what I thought was my dream job. I went on a life altering trip to SE Asia. I caught and still have a serious case of the travel bug. I met Laura when I came back to Oakland, the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.

Back in Sacramento. I moved back right before the pandemic. I worked at the State Government which made me believe in the importance of people with technical skills contributing in civil service.

Now: Splitting my time between Santa Cruz and Sacramento while I go to grad school. I play softball, bike around, and garden on my spare time.

Friends

Here are some of my awesome friends (with Personal/Professional Websites):

Professional

For a full professional summary please see my CV or my resume .

HONORS

  • Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Student Fellowships Program (GRFP), 2021
  • Phi Beta Kappa & High Distinction in General Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 2017.

EXPERIENCE

  • Teaching Assistant, Sept. 2021 - Current
    • UC Santa Cruz, Statistics Department
  • Research Data Analyst II, Oct. 2020—Jun, 2021.
    • CA. Dept. of Healthcare Services, Local Government Financing
  • Staff Research Associate, Oct. 2019—Jul. 2020.
    • Dept. of Atmospheric Chemistry, UC Davis
  • Data Science Intern, Aug. 2019-Nov. 2019.
    • New Sun Road, P.B.C.
  • Quantitative Analyst, Apr. 2019-Feb. 2017.
    • Intersect Power

Additional Internship experiences at SunPower Corporation and WattTime.org

EDUCATION

  • PhD Student in Statistics, 2021—Current
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Passed Preliminary Exams, Sept 2022
  • B.A. Statistics, High Honors, 2013-2017
    • University of California, Berkeley

Updated: Feb. 2023

  1. He did his postdoc with Murray Gell-Man. My grandpa has always been a big insipiration for me. 

  2. Thanks to the struggle of Chinese immigrants