Hello, world!

I'm Zach Sussman, soon to be a software engineer working on Tesla's Autopilot project. I'm from sunny (and sometimes rainy) Boca Raton, Florida.

In August of 2020, I'll be starting as a software engineer at Tesla, working on Autopilot.
In the summer of 2019, I was a software engineering intern at Aurora, working on motion planning. I designed and built a machine-learned cost function for trajectory planning using Tensorflow, and I created a tool to leverage existing resources to allow automatic generation of labeled data for machine learning.
In the summer of 2018, I was a software engineering intern at Facebook, working on the Recruiting Metrics team. I implemented new components in React, managed a large data import from a third-party vendor, and dogfooded a new internal tool to do database migrations.
In the summer of 2017, I was a software engineering intern at Apple, working on the Apple jetpack iWork, the suite containing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. I designed and developed new features for iPad using Objective-C++, selected and adapted algorithms from the literature, and created a fully localized user interface for a concurrent backend algorithm.
I was a teaching assistant for the Fall 2017 iteration of Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science, taught by the fantastic John Mackey. This is CMU's introduction to discrete math and proofs course.
In the spring of 2017, I was a research assistant at the Mobility Data Analytics Center, a division of Carnegie Mellon's Traffic21 institute. Working under Professor Sean Qian, I modernized a web interface to a predictive traffic modeler, and developed a bikeability score visualization for Pittsburgh.
In the summer of 2016, I interned at TROVE, a predictive data science company, where I integrated Ember Mirage, a data mocking framework, into their tests. I also created a new interface for setting up new users.
In the summer of 2015, I did experimental work for i3nsight, developing a generalized social network analyzer to detect unusual connections between people. I created the interface and parts of the connection strength monitor using d3.js.
What I Do
I'm the past president of CMU's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. I've also been the treasurer, where I managed a $350,000 budget, ran payroll, and collected dues; and the philanthropy chair, where I hosted charity events, ran clothing drives, and raised money for great organizations like Camp Kesem.
I'm the past president of and sing tenor in a collegiate a cappella group, Hillelujah, which recently competed at Kol HaOlam, the national Jewish a capella competition, in Washington D.C.
I'm a member of CMU's Transportation Club and Students for Urban Data Systems, where I attend lectures, work on cool data visualizations, and learn about what's happening in our community. I also volunteered at the first annual Pittsburgh Transportation Camp.

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