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2010 - Zhou Fan

Ever wonder how Sudoku puzzles are created?  Zhou Fan wanted to know more, so he developed a software program to generate puzzles at a specific level of difficulty, automatically. 

A co-terminal student at Harvard University, Zhou will graduate in 2010 with a S.M. in Computer Science and an A.B. in Mathematics.  Zhou has applied his mathematics expertise to develop new automated trading strategies at Jump Trading in Chicago, and led a student research team that worked on accelerating computation of Google PageRank at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing.

As co-CEO of the Harvard College Association for U.S.-China Relations, Zhou is also committed to the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding between the two nations.  Last summer, he oversaw planning and execution of the organization’s annual summit for young leaders, a week of exploration and development for some 300 Chinese high-school students, conducted by Harvard undergraduates, faculty, and prominent leaders from both nations.

Zhou’s talent has earned him recognition in international competition, from a bronze medal in the Asian Pacific Math Olympiad to outstanding winner/SIAM prize recipient in the Math Contest in Modeling (MCM) in 2008 and 2009.

After Harvard, he hopes to continue his research in math and computer science through another graduate program or fellowship.