ESP Biography

BRIAN CHAN, Undergrad on leave from Stanford

Major: CS

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Stanford. Took a Leave of Absence after sophomore year.

Enthusiast of urbanism, media theory, and astronomy!

I've shared some of my interests at

Don't hesitate to email me about anything! Particularly excited to hear if you're working on something and if I can help in any way.

Past Classes

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L6921: Mental Models: the similarities of founders, executives and inventors in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
As opportunities, paths, and the situations around you change, what stays consistent is your ability to carefully contemplate your current path, discern what others perceive as risk as opportunities, and make measured choices to return great rewards. In this short class, we'll talk about insights into how to live your life that are supported by the experience of people from founders, venture capitalists, and journalists to inventors, scientists, and world leaders. Recommended Readings: The Black Swan - Taleb 12 Rules for Life - Peterson Principles: Life and Work - Dalio

S6907: The Future of Cities, Living, and Mobility in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
"Smart", "walkable" cities? Urban technology and behavioral psychology? Housing/ transit sustainability and economics? How does Uber/Lyft, AI, or data privacy factor into all of this? Join us for a lecture & discussions of the Future of Cities, intriguing urban technology, shifting urban living and societal paradigms, and what will happen between then & now. Topics include: zoning laws, housing crises, AI & big data, international case studies, environmental sustainability, social psychology, economics, law, and much more You'll leave with an array of knowledge about brilliant cities around the world, current pitfalls and potential improvements, and new insights about the cities right around you. Here's a taste:

R6121: Discoveries, Theories, and Developments: from the Solar System to other Galaxies in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
In this class: facts that will totally blow your mind We'll explore the history, discoveries, and development of our understanding of the cosmos, including theories that are entertained even today. Our coverage will range from our Solar System to nearby galaxies and even some exploration of the general Universe. Topics include how discoveries came about, interesting exoplanet theories, and recent developments.