I am

David Zhao

22 years old

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

At least 23 apparently.

always looking to learn

Right now, I'm learning Chinese and react native (building an app for data-driven puppy potty training), among other things.

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. I'm currently 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.

Aug 2019 to Present

a Forward Deployed Software Engineer

@ Palantir Technologies

So far, I've done a bit of everything -- rack servers, install and configure our products, build Spark pipelines, dev on core product -- supporting our US government work. The impact is incredible! I've also been involved with recruiting -- interviewing candidates, creating the Path internship HackerRank, demo-ing to intern candidates.

Feb 2019 to Aug 2025

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 V5 in a long while just this past August. And I've done one outdoor top-roping session at Carderock, which was both terrifying and terrifying, but still a lot of fun.

happy to chat

(281) 961-7541