Hi! I’m Chelsea, and this is where I blog about my spinning plates.

About this blog

Serious play describes the act of pursuing serious topics playfully. Sometimes I like viewing life through the lens of play. The Four Freedoms of Play are one of my favorite tools to use to analyze day-to-day activities and to learn ways to achieve higher motivation and flow.

Spinning plates is a reference to a classic story about Richard Feynman, in which Richard Feynman becomes burned out after accomplishing so much in physics, then rediscovers what it’s like to enjoy physics by delighting in a seemingly-unimportant problem. Here is a link to that story, from Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman.

About me

As of fall 2017, I work as a software engineer at Pilot.com. “Higher-order type theory and arguing with Quickbooks.” Pilot solves bookkeeping for startups and nonprofits. Read more about us in TechCrunch!

Before Pilot, I worked as a software engineer at Wave.com, helping make remittances to the developing world convenient and affordable.

Talks I’ve given:

In 2016, I finished my M.Eng. degree at MIT, with a concentration in theoretical computer science. My thesis research applied logical inference with SMT solvers to constructing models of cellular signaling pathways, and was presented at Static Analysis in Systems Biology. I collaborated with the Fontana Lab at Harvard Medical School, and was advised by Prof. Jean Yang.

I graduated from MIT in 2015 with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics, then interned on the infrastructure team at Khan Academy. I have competed in the International Biology Olympiad and the International Linguistics Olympiad, and I have taught as an instructor at SPARC, at the USA Biology Olympiad, and at the USA Computing Olympiad.