I'm Zach Sussman, a junior at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in Computer Science. I'm from sunny (and sometimes rainy) Boca Raton, Florida.
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.
What I Do
I'm the 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.