New York native, StuyCS Alumnus, and hackNY Mentor/Fellow with a Master's in CS and Film studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I did funky things as the Innovation director for HackTX and as a student organizer for Global Hackathon Seoul. Now I work with people way funkier than me as a platform engineer at Kickstarter.

I am primarily an Android and backend systems developer, with a bit of Rust fanboyism thrown in. I've worked at the systems level in C, done Graphics and Physical Simulation work and research in C++ and OpenGL, developed Computer Vision applications using OpenCV, and worked on an assortment of projects in Python, Perl, Ruby, Java, Javascript, Scala, Golang, Rust...the works.

In the past, I've worked as an Android developer for early-stage startup Cerebri and as a software engineering intern at MongoDB, architecting and actively maintaining their new Rust driver. I've also worked for GeoTrellis as a Facebook Open Academy engineer, for Amazon AWS on their distributed RDS and DynamoDB technologies, and for local Austin company Blastro Networks, developing and orchestrating a simultaneous release of their three flagship Android apps.

I was responsible for overseeing projects to improve the hacker experience at HackTX in 2015, including 3D-printed trophies, a Slack mentorship system, a voting system for LEDs and the Hacker's Choice award, an interactive infographic, and a hardware hack room.

You can find my resume here. If you'd like to gossip with me about Android development, Distributed systems and Rust, Computer vision and graphics, or that one movie where Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman, contact me at

Visit github:kyeah for an in-depth look at my recent and ongoing projects.

I’ve been learning to use a pen, lately.

I thought I knew how to use one, but years of trembling lines and toppled letters proved otherwise. The pencil smears should have tipped me off, long before the smears shaped words and the words shaped thoughts, but instead of fixing the method of construction, I internalized the sloppiness of my results.  →

I remember watching the first teaser for Episode VII. I remember watching it jump through the viral circuits, exciting a rabid fanbase with the hurtling body of a Millennium Falcon, the blaring brass of a John Williams soundtrack, and the pure, childish energy that only a Star Wars film could provide. I remember when J.J. Abrams brought Star Wars back to theaters, a full decade after the last feature film, and I remember how strongly it succeeded in introducing fans and newcomers alike to a cast of new, lovable characters and an assortment of old favorites, setting up the new trilogy to come.

One year later, I can’t say I remember much about Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One.

Recent talks and papers.
The New MongoDB Rust Driver @ Rust NYC [Slides | Git]
Liteturn: Gesture-Controlled Cyclist Lights Using Cheap and Efficient Devices [Slides | Git]
Neural Style: The Genetic Evolution of Aesthetically-Pleasing Fractals [Slides | Git]
The NAO Robot: A Gravity Compensation Controller and Keyframe Behavior for Motion Development
Magical Realism: Exploring Reality and Agency in the Coming-of-Age Story