My name is Huy Nguyen. I’m currently a Front-End Web Developer at the Center for International Development (CID), an economics think-tank at Harvard University. At the CID, I lead the front-end development of the Atlas of Economic Complexity, a data visualization tool for global trade data that has 30,000 unique visitors per month and is ranked the #1 data source for international development research according to the Guardian newspaper.
Before coming to the CID, I was a Front-End Developer at the data visualization firm Periscopic where I worked on projects for major clients like the US Patents & Trademark Office and the Gates Foundation.
I’m very passionate about making beautiful and high-performance web applications using the latest web technologies. In my code, besides functionality, I always strive for simplicity, efficiency, modularity, maintainability and expressiveness. I’m a huge fan of React, TypeScript and Webpack, and some day I might just be able to master Haskell.
I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Physics from Reed College in Portland, OR. In my undergraduate thesis, I successfully formulated an algorithm using quantum Monte Carlo to solve an important and challenging model of high-temperature superconductivity and implemented the algorithm to run in parallel on high-performance clusters. The thesis was recognized by the American Physical Society as one of the best undergraduate physics research works in America in 2014, and I am the lead author of a journal paper on the topic.
Fun fact: In college, I held a Senior Reactor Operator license from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is very rare for an undergraduate. The license allowed me to operate and supervise operations at the Reed Research Reactor.