Chris Yoon

I am an undergrad at Columbia University studying Computer Science (graduating in 2024!). I will be joining Palantir Technologies as a Software Engineer following my graduation.

I care deeply about building robust and performant software systems. Towards this, I enjoy studying compilers, programming language theory, and operating systems, roughly in that order. Recently, I have been thinking about compiler optimizations and formal verification!

My recent academic endeavors have been in programming languages (type systems, session types, and equality saturation); compilers (LLVM and MLIR hacking), and in operating systems (hypervisors and secure containerization). In the distant past I did some work in machine learning (geometric deep learning, reinforcement learning, and distributed training).

See here to read about some of my projects!

Experience


Palantir Technologies, Software Engineer Intern (2023 Fall)
I was primarily with the Gotham Data Modeling team, but also contributed to Foundry services as part of their unification/interoperability effort. I did backend engineering for their ontology services, which control how data is ingested, represented, and distributed to downstream services.

Virtu Financial, Software Engineer Intern (2023 Summer)
Virtu Financial is a High Frequency Trading firm. I was with the pre/post-trade infrastructure team, and did some work on low-level networking with Java and DB access control mechanisms.

Riot Games, Software Engineer Intern (2022 Summer)
Riot Games is an online game company behind League of Legends and Valorant. I was with the Live Operations Engineering Team, building tools to improve observability and infrastructure for service incident response.

School

I had the chance to take some really interesting courses at Columbia:
  • COMS 6998: Graduate Seminar on Programming Language Theory
  • COMS 6998: Graduate Seminar on Privacy Preserving Systems
  • COMS 6118: Graduate Seminar on Operating Systems
  • COMS 4115: Programming Languages and Translators (Compilers)
  • COMS 4118: Operating Systems
  • CSEE 4824: Computer Architecture
  • COMS 4119: Computer Networks
  • COMS 4995: Parallel Functional Programming (with Haskell)
  • COMS 4111: Database Systems
  • MATH 4041 & 4042: Modern Algebra I&II (Abstract Algebra, Group Theory, Galois Theory)
  • MATH 4061: Real Analysis I
I have also had the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for:
  • COMS 4115: Programming Languages and Translators (Compilers) (Spring ‘24 Head TA)
  • COMS 4995: Parallel Functional Programming (with Haskell) (Fall ‘22)
  • COMS 4701: Artificial Intelligence (Spring ‘22, Summer ‘22, Spring ‘23 Head TA)
  • CSEE 3827: Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Spring ‘22, Fall ‘22, Spring ‘23)