About Me

I'm a junior studying Computer Science at UC Berkeley. I have been an undergraduate student instructor for CS 61C (Computer Architecture) for two semesters, and have been an officer in Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Berkeley CS Honor Society, for three semesters. This semester, I am also serving as the CSM co-coordinator for CS 61C and as the treasurer of UPE.

This summer, I will be working with the Data Science research team at GoDaddy Sunnyvale on data pipelines with distributed systems and machine learning model training.

If you would like to contact me with any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at daniel_zhang (at) berkeley.edu!


University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Computer Science, Class of 2020

Relevant Coursework: Computer Security (in prog.), Machine Learning (in prog.), Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Machine Structures, Discrete Math, Data Structures, Optimization Models, Foundations of Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Operating Systems, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

GPA: 3.980/4.000

Rank: Top 1%

Fremont High School

Salutatorian and Graduation Speaker, Class of 2016

Leadership Positions: Principal Advisory Council Member, President of DECA, Vice President of Robotics, Vice President of National Honor Society, Publicity Officer of Speech and Debate

GPA: 3.980/4.000

Rank: Top 1%

Work Experience


Software Engineering Intern

Constructed new referral landing page using ReactJS and Redux that increased new user conversion rates. Ported new daily login bonus feature to web app in order to incentivize continued shopping on site. Expanded support cases for automated customer support help bot, decreasing support ticket creation.

May – Aug. 2018


Software Development Intern

Constructed a web application with Flask that automated the cleaning and parsing of warehouse information from company suppliers. Designed an efficient MySQL database that decreased querying time for company internal functions by 70%. Implemented a secure login system to restrict sensitive internal information from company partners while still giving access to certain functions.

June – Aug. 2017


Software Development Intern

Redesigned main website with Bootstrap to improve user experience and to implement mobile support. Implemented ASP.NET MVC tools using C# to develop new database models for flight school clients. Developed wireframes of website designs using Adobe Illustrator to optimize user workflows and experience.

Jan. – June 2017

University of Florida

Summer Research Intern

Used the Java3D Library to visualize datasets generated from diffusion MRI scans of water movement in the brain tissue of rats. Studied techniques used in the medical imaging field to render diffusion tensor images and generate orientation density functions.

June – Aug. 2015

Teaching Experience

Computer Science 61C: Computer Architecture

Undergraduate Student Instructor

Teach weekly discussion sections of 30+ students reviewing concepts introduced in lecture. Lead and organize office hours to answer students' conceptual questions. Run laboratory sections teaching students principles of C coding, assembly language, and computer architecture. Grade and proctor course exams for rooms of 300+ students.

Aug. 2018 – pres.

Computer Science 61B: Data Structures

CSM Senior Mentor

Teach a group of 6 junior mentors how to effectively lead weekly small-group tutoring sections, while teaching small group mentoring sections as well. Organize midterm review sessions attended by 100+ students. Run crib sheet review sections proofreading mentoring content.

Jan. 2018 – pres.

Electrical Engineering 16A: Designing Electrical Devices and Systems

Course Tutor and Course Reader

Graded and read through the homeworks of 40+ students for an introductory level circuits class every week. Attend weekly meetings with other tutors to go over grading issues and help enforce grading consistency. Help students understand and tackle difficult homework problems at office hours, covering topics like eigenspaces, nodal analysis, capacitance, and singular value decomposition.

Aug. – Dec. 2018

Computer Science C100: Foundations of Data Science

Course Reader

Graded and read through the homeworks/projects of 200+ students for an upper division data science class every week, covering course material like probability theory, exploratory data analysis, and introductory machine learning algorithms like gradient descent.

Jan. – May 2018

Statistics C8: Introduction to Data Science

Lab Assistant

Guided students through fundamental concepts in data science like confidence intervals at office hours and labs. Explained how to apply functions in NumPy like np.random() for data manipulation techniques like bootstrapping. Helped students identify bugs and errors in their lab code and guide them through debugging said programs.

Aug. – Dec. 2017


Programming/Markup Languages

  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Python
  • C++
  • C#
  • Lisp
  • MySQL
  • LaTeX
  • Hadoop


  • ReactJS
  • Flask
  • Tornado
  • NumPy/SciPy/Pandas
  • Apache Spark

Human Languages

  • English (native fluency)
  • Mandarin (native fluency)
  • Spanish (advanced fluency)


Dean's List Honors

UC Berkeley

Achieved a semester GPA in the top 4% of all undergraduates of UC Berkeley.

December 2017

Dorm Ex Machina Grand Prize Recipient

Robotics @ Berkeley

Won first place in the Dorm Ex Machina automated dorm contest hosted by Robotics@Berkeley for our team's item management system, The Bluebird.

November 2016

Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award Recipient

Cal Alumni Association

Awarded a $2000 merit-based scholarship that recognizes students with outstanding leadership contributions in their academic, work, or community environment.

July 2016

Manuela and Tino Rodriguez Scholarship Recipient

Fremont High School

Awarded a $5000 merit-based scholarship for my dedication to the school community and exemplification of Fremont High School ideals.

June 2016

National Merit Scholar

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Awarded a National Merit $2500 Scholarship in recognition of high school academic performance, skills, and accomplishments.

May 2016

FUHS Foundation Scholar

Fremont Union High School District

Awarded a $500 Scholarship by the Fremont Union High School District. Given to one senior from each of the district's five high schools for notable contributions to the respective schools' community.

April 2016

USACO Platinum Division Competitor

USA Computing Olympiad

Competed in the highest division of the USA Computing Olympiad, a distinction achieved by only ~300 competitors internationally.

December 2015