Hi there, my name is Junbin Guo, but I prefer to go by Ben. I am a junior at San Marino
High School(SMHS) located in Los Angeles, California. I have a strong passion for computer science
and enjoy programming as a whole.
Activities and Experiences
I am a member of SMHS's math team, in which I participate in
weekly meetings in order to prepare for competitions in the BML, or
Bay Math League. I participate in the 10, 11, and 12th grade tests,
as well as the AMC 12.
I am also a member of SMHS's science team,
in which I participate in weekly meetings in order to prepare for
competitions in the SCIOLY, or Science Olympiad. I participate in
Astronomy, Codebusters, and Detector Building. In addition to these events,
I am preparing to compete in the USNCO, or the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad.
I am an organizer of TitanHacks. At my school,
many students associate programming with undecipherable useless nonsense,
rather than what it actually is: a tool to make. At TitanHacks, we introduce
members to concepts and tools and foster an environment of creativity so that,
hopefully, members will be self-motivated to learn and produce. We hope to cumulate
the 2019 year with a intraclub hackathon and finish the 2019-2020 school year
with a publicly availible hackathon.
During the summer of my jump from middle school to high school,
I participated in 2 ID Tech Camps at Caltech. Both courses were a week
long, with one focused on Java and the other on Python. These two courses are
the two of my most important experiences, as they hooked my attention and
got me into programming and computer science.
It seems that all my experiences have to do with Caltech somehow; oh well.
In my junior in high school(current year), I enrolled into my school's Caltech
STEM Research Program, in which different groups teamed up with Caltech professors
and mentors in discovering various topics of research. My group, the Machine Learning group,
was fortunate enough to have Dr. Babak Hassibi to guide us in researching many ML areas such
as Graph Clustering and Neural Networks.
I participated in the 2020 Codeday LA from Feburary 15-16 as a volunteer.
I got to witness many CS and programming enthusiasts code games, interfaces,
and other programs that was in correspondence with their passion. I helped
participants in developing their projects, but I feel that I learned the most
out of everyone. 10/10, would definitely go again!