Zack Nado

Artificial intelligence, cats, and space.


I’m Zachary Nado, a Research Engineer at Google Brain in Cambridge, MA. I’m interested in how to accelerate deep learning training with better algorithms, hyperparameter tuning, and other tricks! I love basically anything with artificial intelligence, cats, and/or space.

I graduated with honors from Brown University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in 2016 where I worked at the Serre Lab for four years. There I worked on various systems engineering problems for the lab, lead a team of six to design a web annotation tool for labelling and viewing machine learning data, and developed my honors thesis which replaced an older computer vision pipeline for classifying mouse behavior with convolutional neural networks.

During my college summers I did two internships with Google where I worked on several search infrastructure projects, one of which was launched as a web search to Android integration where you could send directions to your phone from the web. These summers were followed by an internship at SpaceX as part of their software engineering team where I managed to say “hi” to Elon Musk and watch the launch of the only rocket they’ve had explode mid flight.

I was also a member of the Brown Space Engineering team for three years where I worked on our first ever satellite, a 1U cubesat that acts as an artificial shooting star that will be launched to orbit in May 2018.

Before that I was a captain and programming lead for my high school FIRST robotics team FRC2168.

If you want to talk feel free to reach out on twitter @zacharynado.

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