Splash Biography

BRANDON WU, Aspiring professor, 15-150 Teaching Assistant

Major: Cognitive Science

College/Employer: CMU

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a CMU sophomore studying Cognitive Science, with an interest in elegant, universal mathematical truths, as well as how they are made apparent through studying computer science. I am very fond of teaching, and as such I am a peer tutor with CMU Academic Development, as well as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Computer Science, namely for 15-150 Principles of Functional Programming. My dream is to be a professor.

Past Classes

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M9: Self-Reference and Mathematical Beauty in Carnegie Mellon Splash Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
Self-reference is so simple, even this sentence can do it. Yet while self-reference is such a seemingly innocuous and easy-to-grasp concept, it has deep implications in fields such as philosophy of mathematics and computer science. This course aims to introduce students to thinking about self-referential concepts (through examples and Gödel's incompleteness theorems), as well as how it relates to elegant mathematical ideas. A background in programming is not necessary, but perhaps helpful. Prior knowledge of basic logic will be helpful.