My introduction in the Piazza forum for Graduate Algorithms (GA)

May 17, 2021 | minutes read

At the beginning of every semester, each student is encouraged to post on the forum (i.e. Piazza), introducing themselves and answering the following questions:

What is your name? Where do you live? Why take Graduate Algorithms? What do you hope to learn? What other OMS courses have you taken? What is something interesting about you? (Optional) LinkedIn profile

Here’s my response:

What is your name?

Matt Chung

Where do you live?  Seattle, WA

Why take Graduate Algorithms? What do you hope to learn?

Of course, this class is mandatory for us in computing systems specialization, so that’s a big reason. Another reason would be is that I’ve taken data structures course, but never an algorithms course. So, excited to learn more about the second half of DSA.

What other OMS courses have you taken? 

2 more to go!!!

Graduate Introduction to Operating Systems (GIOS), Computer Networks (CN), Information Security (IS), High Performance Computing Architecture (HPCA), Educational Technology, Compilers, Advanced Operating Systems (AOS) Distributed Computing

What is something interesting about you?

I published a YouTube video 14 years ago when I was into parkour and tricking, and the video has close to 500,000 views (

I took a non-linear path to becoming a software engineer at Amazon Web Services, where I currently work as a C developer building network packet processing devices for EC2 Networking.

Most recently, I’m reevaluating my career as a software engineer at FAANG and looking to pivot (not sure where/what exactly) so I can spend more time with my wife, daughter, and our two dogs; spending more time with them has been the silver lining of all the COVID-19 lockdowns.

(Optional) LinkedIn profile

I’m Matt Chung. I’m a software engineer, seasoned technology leader, and father currently based in Seattle and London. I love to share what I know. I write about topic developing scalable & fail-safe software running in the AWS cloud, digital organization as a mechanism for unlocking your creativity, and maximizing our full potentials with personal development habits.

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