Philadelphia Classic


Nate Chodosh is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science studying Computer Science with Physics and Math minors. He went to West Chester East High school in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he was active in programming contests and even participated in PClassic. In addition to organizing PClassic for the seventh time, now as lead, he works on Computer Vision research in the GRASP laboratory as well as TAing Penn's undergraduate algorithms course.

Zhan Xiong Chin is a junior at Penn studying Computer Science. He comes from Singapore, which is halfway around the world and not in China. He enjoys solving puzzles and math/CS problems and has been active in math and programming contests since high school, representing Singapore at the International Olympiad in Informatics four times. This is his third semester organizing PClassic.

Ben Sandler is a junior at Penn in the Computer and Cognitive Science dual-degree program. He went to Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida where he led the competitive programming team. He is the lead developer at ThirdEye, a founding member of Hack4Impact, and a research assistant at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science. This is his third semester organizing PClassic.

Margaret Li is a senior at Penn studying Computer Science. She spent part of secondary school in international schools in China and part homeschooled in the US. She participated in math competitions and worked in genomics labs throughout middle and high school, but wrote her first line of code during spring semester of freshman year. She also organizes PennApps, works at part-time and will be a TA next semester. This is her second semester organizing PClassic.

Alex Hu is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science studying Mechanical Engineering. He went to Strath Haven High School in Wallingford Pennsylvania where he did lots of FIRST robotics. He started organizing PennApps when he came to Penn, and then moved on to help with PClassic. This is his third semester organizing PClassic.

Lewis Ellis graduated from Penn in 2015. He studied Networked & Social Systems, a branch of computer science focusing on applications of network theory. He went to a small school in Idaho, where he taught himself to program and ran track. He has been a computer science teaching assistant for seven semesters and has organized PennApps for four semesters. He interned at and Shape Security during the summer of 2014. He was in charge of PClassic for three semesters, but now he mostly just builds the submission system.

Jake Hart graduated from Penn in 2016 and studied computer science, finance, and statistics in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Jake went to a public school in Ohio, where he enjoyed playing football; Jake learned to program after deleting a program he needed for a math test, and he's loved it ever since! Jake is a teaching assistant for both computer science and statistics courses. This is Jake's 5th semester organizing PClassic and his 4th organizing PennApps. Outside of school, Jake enjoys watching his beloved Cleveland sports teams.

There are a couple more folks on the organizing team not shown here; their bios are coming soon.