attended Staten Island High School
Saratoga, CA, USA
Paul’s project proposed building tools that would simplify common analysis methods from economics and statistics for use by small businesses.
Georgia Institute of Technology
“I’m 23 and I helped start a fabless semiconductor company to build a new processor architecture.”
What makes you unique?
I have taken a unique path: deciding to pursue medical school in high school, instead dropping out of my computer science undergrad program to start a genetic engineering company, and now working on a fabless semiconductor startup. The same research program in high school that led me to participate in NYCSEF introduced me to the world of academia and science that dramatically changed my perspective on life.
How did NYCSEF impact your trajectory?
Gave me the opportunity to learn from the experiences of small business owners, learn more about the risk/reward profile of early-stage ventures, and gain experience applying mathematical analysis to real life.
Who inspires you?
In my daily life, I draw inspiration from those around me, particularly people with whom I am collaborating. I have found no more powerful motivator than building things with others who share my enthusiasm and anticipation for the results of our work.
What advice would you give high school students wanting to work in a lab?
Find a researcher or professor whose work you respect, read some background materials, and reach out to them. Don't be intimidated by things like titles or your own lack of credentials; your interest and ambition speak much louder than your resume.
What do you wish someone had told you before you entered NYCSEF?
Don't be afraid of failing or not having impressive results. The learning and experience you gain just by completing a project will likely be more important to you in the future.