I am

David Zhao

23 years old

I grew up on Calvin and Hobbes. I think I've read every strip.

At least 24 apparently.

always looking to learn

Whether that be Chinese by watching CDramas like Please Classmate 拜托了班长;
or React Native (building an app for data-driven puppy potty training);
or chess;
or how to deidentify data at scale;
or piano & trumpet.

Aug 1999 to Jun 2010

from Maryland

I grew up in Lisbon, Maryland with a brief stint in Houston, TX. Since the start of high school, I've been living in various parts of Northern Virginia and Charlottesville, and currently reside in Alexandria.

Aug 2016 to May 2019

a Wahoo

University of Virginia, class of 2019

I received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a second major in Statistics. My time at UVA was divided between coursework, full and pit orchestras (I play trumpet!), HooHacks (organizing takes a bit of work), among other things.

Oct 2021 to Present

a Software Engineer

@ Peregrine Technologies

At Peregrine, we're building a powerful data integration platform to allow local & state government agencies to unlock their data and make better, data-driven decisions in ways they never could before. I've grown as an engineer exponentially faster here being surrounded by a fantastic team. And we're scaling fast. If you're interested, reach out!

Aug 2019 to Oct 2021

an ex-Palantirian

@ Palantir Technologies

I did a bit of everything -- rack servers, install and configure our products, build Spark pipelines, dev on core product, work adjacent to our privacy and civil liberties team, building recruiting Hackerranks -- all supporting our US government work. I joined for the mission & people and have learned how to tackle hard, controversial, sensitive, important problems head-on.

Feb 2019 to Present

a Climber

In my last semester at UVA, I signed up for a climbing class on a whim — thanks Andrew! — and I've fallen in love with bouldering. Got my first and only V7 a few months ago. And I've done a couple outdoor top-roping sessions, which are both terrifying and fun.

happy to chat

(281) 961-7541