zora tung (gatoatigrado)

white/asian queer trans femme software dev


What I'm up to ...

Working at Google, exploring NYC, bouldering, mourning the loss of my late feline love, volunteering, occasionally reading, taking photos, hiking, socializing.

Skills & stuff ...

I'm a software developer at Google. I'm on the Crisis Response team, but they're getting restructured, so ... stay tuned! I got mentioned on the Google Official Blog [ here ] for being a 20% engineer-on-loan, helping UNICEF develop tools for mapping the spread of the Zika virus.

I previously worked at Yelp for 3 years, where I was first on the Search Infrastructure team, integrating ElasticSearch into our production environment, and later on the Search Data team, using machine learning techniques to cureate Yelp's data. I wrote up some of the work I did on the Autocategorizer here. (The first initial on that page is of my previous name, Nick).

After Yelp, I did a 3-month temporary contract at Desmos, where I improved testing setups, spearheaded development on the re-designed Activity Builder, and lent some of my search expertise.

You can read more about what I do on my resume.

Past interests ...

I was a student at UC Berkeley, under the supervision of Ras Bodik. I worked on tools to facilitate development of GPU programs, using SKETCH and Haskell EDSLs. A while before that, I independently built a CUDA video coder using GA-tuned lifting wavelets.

Open source projects ...

I wrote a small open-source fork-based parallelism library vimap, which was developed partly at Yelp. Vimap is primarily aimed at small tasks, like ad-hoc analysis or data loading [e.g. into ElasticSearch], when you don't need the scale of map-reduce or the like, but serial execution is too slow.

Digital footprint ...

Here's my digital footprint, if you want to do some stalking (just don't be creepy): facebook; twitter; flickr; stackoverflow; github; bitbucket

I'm queer ...

I'm genderqueer and physically transitioning / transitioned / transsexual-like / err ... something. The latter term has various gender identity implications which don't hold true for me, so I usually just call myself "genderqueer" if/when necessary. I use gender-neutral pronouns and language (I don't care which neutral pronoun, just try to gender me correctly; I suggest ze/zir or they/them/their). [ More on pronouns ]

Things I support ...

Lyon-Martin, the ACLU, Democracy Now, Amnesty International, Breast Cancer Action, the Ada initiative, Planned Parenthood. Things I no longer financially contribute to / fully support: the HRC with its hetero-assimilationism.

etc.s

I have a few random subpages; they're very casual writing and I'd appreciate you reading them generously (don't nitpick, try not to be offended if i wrote something stupid). [ about my name change ] [ quick thoughts on invasive body questions ] [ body butter ]

Contact info ...

email: [gatoatigrado at gmail]; cell: 443-267-8864