Derek Wan

Vision Researcher, Voxel Artist, Chlamydia Researcher, Computer Science Instructor, Pianist, Software Engineer

About

Hi There! I'm Derek. Here are some highlights of my life:

Engineering/Tech
- Graduate student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley (Machine Learning)
- Received bachelor's with Highest Distinction (summa cum laude) from UC Berkeley in computer science
- 2019-2020 recipient of the EECS Distinguished GSI Award (top instructor out of ~700 in the department)
- Third author on IOVS conference publication "ReVAS: An open-source tool for eye motion extraction from retinal videos obtained with scanning laser ophthalmoscopy"
- Third author on pending journal manuscript "ReVAS: A modular eye motion extraction and analysis suite for scanning laser ophthalmoscopy"
- 2018 SURF Rose Hills Research Fellow
- World Finalist in the 2018 Microsoft Imagine Cup
- Worked on a patented NLP engine at ThoughtSpot in 2019
- Current software engineer with DocuSign's storage / infrastructure team

Humanities/Natural Sciences
- Ex-Neurobiology major at UC Berkeley
- One of 33 winners of the international 2015 DuPont Challenge essay contest
- National semifinalist in the 2015 USABO (ranked among the top 500 students in the US)
- Worked with Dr. Deborah Dean to develop a low-cost diagnostic tool for Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Second author on CBRS 2019 conference publication: “Global diversity of the Chlamydia trachomatis tryptophan operon reveals evolutionary trends among ocular, urogenital and rectal strains”
- Acknowledged contributor on mBIO 2019 publication: "Clinical Persistence of Chlamydia trachomatis Sexually Transmitted Strains Involves Novel Mutations in the Functional αββα Tetramer of the Tryptophan Synthase Operon"

Athletics (swimming)
- Finalist at the 2015 American Short Course Championships
- Swam in the same pool as Michael Phelps in Texas
- Overall third place finisher in the 2014 Navy SEAL Challenge as a 16-year-old.
- 2x CIF Champion in swimming
- Represented America at the 2010 North American Challenge Cup
- Represented America at the 2011 Pacific Coast All Stars
- One of the fastest swimmers in the country for the 2009-2010 season. Selected national age group rankings:
100 back (25th), 50 free (16th), 100 free (21st), 200 breast (25th)

Random
- 2008: I have a swimming accident, and as a result I can now wiggle my ears.
- 2010: Swimming accident #2 leaves me with a scar across my heart. It is often mistaken for a bullet wound.
- 2012: I set the world record in Penguin Blast.
- 2015: I touch Michael Phelps' foot in the warmup pool at ASCC.
- 2019: I find a family of raccoons while walking with friends: http://bit.ly/GG_Raccoons
- 2019: I start to like cats after I meet this handsome fellow: bit.ly/chickenSoupCat
- 2019: I meet Craig Federighi at an alumni event, and he autographs my phone! bit.ly/federighi
- 2020: I achieve 126 WPM/566 CPM typing speed (100% accuracy).

What I love to do

Learn

I am a Master's student at UC Berkeley exploring the intersection between privacy, ML, and efficiency.

Research

I research efficient, greedy, and data-free machine learning techniques.

Teach

The people and moments that mean the most to me are all tied to the Computer Science teaching community at Berkeley.

Create

I am an amateur MagicaVoxel artist and sculpt movie scenes in voxel art.

Personal Endeavors

Here are some interesting things I've worked on over the years.

60%

Average number of my students who get an A- or better.

5

Lab research projects

53,000+

Lines of code contributed to projects.

1500+

Hours of teaching-related work

Contact

Connect with me!
If you'd like to talk, don't hesitate to shoot me an email at derekwan@berkeley.edu!