Howard Halim

Welcome to my (newly revamped!) website 👋

I’m Howard, a math contest enthusiast, hobbyist programmer, and avid learner of anything that piques my curiosity. I’m currently an undergrad at Carnegie Mellon University.

In the past, I participated in tons of high school math contests. I was drawn to these competitions because of how fun they were (if you haven’t seen math contest problems before, you should give them a try! They’re nothing like the standard textbook questions you see in school). Later I was motivated by a desire to see just how far I could go. The result: a spot on Canada’s 2018 and 2019 International Math Olympiad teams, earning two silver medals. Even though it’s been years since then, I’ll always be a math competitor at heart.

Now I’m at Carnegie Mellon studying computer science. Some areas of CS I like learning about are:

  • Theoretical CS
  • Graphics
  • Machine Learning
  • Web Development
  • PL Theory
  • Computer Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • and… wait, that’s most of the CS concentrations offered at CMU! (but I really do think all these topics are interesting. I could write a non-CS list as well, which would be even longer)

But something I enjoy even more is building new things — especially coding up side projects in my free time (which I need to actively make time for, otherwise my schedule fills up with other things). I try to pick projects which expand my skill set, are interesting to me, and are useful for others.