About Me

I am a sophomore at Penn State majoring in Information Sciences and Technology. Since I was a kid, I have had a passion and interest in computing technology and information systems and their impact on the world around us. With a drive to innovate and create, I hope to work to expand and inspire new technologies in the world around us.

michael@mikecao.me
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Education

Pennyslvania State University

B.S. - IST Design and Development June 2018 - May 2022


Franklin Regional Senior High School

August 2014 - June 2018

Work

HAX Organization

Assistant Executive Director March 2019 - Present

Co-founded and direct a student-run nonprofit organization whose goal is to make computer science education more accessible through outreach to women and underrepresented minorities. Assist in the management of outreach and organizational affairs with the goal of providing CS education in the form of hackathons and workshops.

- Responsible for assisting in managing and directing all HAX activities and operations.
- Oversee multiple directors tasked with spearheading different teams including social media, outreach, design, content creation, and management.
- Report to founder and executive director, and act as director in their absence and stead.
- Through this, reach out to educational and public institutions to spread and encourage growth of STEM education, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities.

PIKE (PSU Information, Knowledge, and wEb) Research Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant May 2019 - Present

Participated in a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in the Summer of 2019 with the goal of assisting in the research and development of Sysfake, a system intended to accurately investigate, analyze, and detect fake news articles.

Skills

Throughout my high school and college undergraduate educations, I have had the opportunity to develop my skills in and learn more about many different computer languages and technologies.

  • Node.JS
  • Javascript
  • Java
  • Python
  • SQL
  • NoSQL - MongoDB / RethinkDB

Client Testimonials

  • Michael Cao has been both my friend and mentor for the past several years. Not only has he spent countless hours helping me learn Javascript, but he's also introduced me to several of my current hobbies, including coding! I've been able to continually rely on his responsibility and technical expertise to further my knowledge, and I would not have discovered my interest in computer science without his guidance.

    Jared Lyon
  • As the Assistant Executive Director of HAX and a close friend and mentor, Michael has supported me in both my professional and personal endeavors. He has helped me build HAX since day one, whether that be through screening executive team applications, doing outreach and 501(c)(3) paperwork, or leading onboarding meetings for potential hackathon organizers. I've learned a lot from him regarding both technical and soft skills, like various aspects of programming and becoming a thoughtful, responsible director. With his help, I've been able to launch HAX and grow as an individual, leader, and aspiring computer scientist.

    Justina Chua