My name is Xiaodan Zhang and you can call me Sally. I am currently working at Apple, Inc. as a Software Engineer/Data Scientist in Santa Clara Valley, CA.
In December 2015, I graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science degree from Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). My research interest included Text Mining and Information Retrieval. My thesis advisor was Professor Chengxiang Zhai.
Software Engineer•Cupertino, CA• February 2016 - Present
Teaching Assistant • Champaign, IL• August 2015 - December 2015
Software Engineering Intern•Palo Alto, CA• June 2015 - August 2015
Teaching Assistant • Champaign, IL• August 2014 - May 2015
Software Engineer Intern • Austin, TX • June 2014 - August 2014
Data Science Intern • (Innovation Center) Champaign, IL• June 2013 - May 2014
Undergraduate Research Student • Champaign, IL• August 2012 - August 2013
CS357 Numerical Analysis I Grader • Champaign, IL• January 2012 - December 2012
Master of Science in Computer Science • Champaign, IL • December 2015
Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Computer Science • Champaign, IL • May 2014
Motivated Self-learner • Urbana, IL • October 2012 - Present
High School Diploma in Science • Beijing, China • June 2010
A Review Analyzer for Best Buy Reviews. It has the following three functions:
Users can invite their friends with QR codes and share restaurants with their friends. The communication is based on socket channel with low frequency polling which significantly reduced the number of requests processed by server.Download Project Proposal
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that originates from breast tissue. In this project, we will analyze a breast cancer dataset and use it to find genetic markers. For the selected genetic markers, we are going to give bio-functions corresponding to them and use the selected markers to predict the breast cancer. Then, we will discuss the limitations of the prediction model and some approaches to overcome them.Download Final Project Report
This is my first personal website.
This is how I first stepped into the fantastic Web Programming world. This project helped me learn a lot about Web Programming languages, skills and tricks.
The sensational tragedy on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage, killing 1502 out of 2224 passengers and crew, shocked the international community and led to better safety regulations for ships. We are also interested to know the survivals' characteristics.Download Final Project Report
The time series data we analyze is the industry sales for printing and writing paper (in Thousand of French francs) from January 1963 to December 1972. We expect to fit a forecasting model for the monthly industry sales of printing and writing papers.Download Final Project Report
The data we used were collected from the Current Population Survey (CPS) in the year of 1985, which provide supplement census information between census years.I mainly worked on checking whether an individual with higher wages was more likely to be in a management position or have a professional occupation than other who were not in these occupations.Download Final Project Report
Our project goal was to create a WWW service that offers campus-based book exchange platform. Users enable to trade books according to their requirements and preferences. With the featured Location function, our site could provide both face-to-face deal information/notification and drop-and-pick service for inconsistent deal. With the powerful real-time Bidding System function, buyers could buy books with cheap and reasonable prices. We also added two advanced functions: one is Parsing that we grabbed book information from Amazon.com in order to give users enough references; the other is Ranking System that we gave it several scientific formulas and creative algorithms determined by multiple factors, in order to give the buyers better search services.CS, Database System, PHP, MySQL, Ranking Function, Bidding
Jun 2010. Attended China National Higher Education Entrance Examination (a.k.a. Gaokao, 高考). @Beijing, China.
Jun 2010. With our lovely Principal Pengzhi Liu (刘彭芝) at RDFZ. @Beijing, China.
Aug 2012. Dancing on the grass in front of our hotel. A beautiful day! @Rhode Island.
Jan 2012. Playing Ping Pong @Groupon, Palo Alto.
Jan 2012. UIUC Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Workshop @San Francisco, CA.
Jun 2014. Appreciating arts at Castle Hill Graffiti. @Austin, TX.
Jun 2014. Bazaarvoice Global All-hands Meeting!
With Manny, Bridget and Ellen :) @Austin, TX.
Jun 2014. Bazaarvoice Global All-hands Meeting with amazing interns! @Austin, TX.
Jul 2014. Kayaking on Barton Creek Springs. @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. Watched Guardians of the Galaxy at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with interns. @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. Team Lunch at Franklin BBQ! No.1 BBQ in the US! @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. Playing golf at Top Golf Austin! @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. With awesome Data Services interns at 360 (Pennybacker) Bridge Overlook! @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. Dinner at Xian Sushi and Noodle restaurant. Love the foods! @Austin, TX.
Aug 2014. With Anna at "Meet and Greet" New Grad BBQ. @UIUC.
Oct 2014. With awesome CEO & President of ABI, Telle Whitney at 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration @Phoenix, AZ.
Oct 2014. I love Cactus! @Phoenix, AZ.
Oct 2014. With Ellen and Neha at 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration Party! @Phoenix, AZ.
Oct 2014. With UIUC WCS girls at 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration! @Phoenix, AZ.
Dec 2014. With Barbara and Androids! @Google, Mountain View.
Oct 2016. With Apple GHC team at 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration! @Houston, TX.
Dec 2016. Volunteering and inspiring kids at Lairon College Preparatory Academy for 2016 Hour of Code week. I was giving a talk to the kids who participated in CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cybersecurity Competition, about my experince as a CS student and a Software Engineer in Tech! @San Jose, CA.
Dec 2016. Before the snow machine tour @Fairbanks, AK.
Jan 2017. With the Bear 🐻. @Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Thanks for stopping by my personal website!
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