Jonathan Xue

About Me

Hi! My name is Jonathan Xue and I am an incoming college freshmen with a passion for computer science. You're probably here to learn a bit more about me, so read on!

I'm a member of the 2017-18 Illinois Junior Academy Of Science Student Board, which hosts the annual Illinois State Science Fair. We aim to expose students of all ages to the STEM field, as individuals explore personal interests through research and experimentation.

Hackathons have been one of the greatest influences on my life thus far. There is something magical about being in an environment which inspires success; a place where I can focus on developing a product through teamwork and competition. Some of my fondest moments have come from these caffeine-full events, whether it be trying to find a team at Huskie Hacks or debugging our implementation of Microsoft Cognitive Services at MHacks.

Outside of tech, I also enjoy playing the piano in my spare time. I started when I was eight, and ever since then, have fallen in love with the crisp, clear tones, each hanging with various intensities. Music is a form of expression; I can always rely on Bach's Preludes & Fugues, Chopin's Nocturnes, among countless others to help me through my joys and sorrows.


University Of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2018 -
Bachelors Of Science, Computer Science
  • James Scholar, Campus Honors Program
  • GPA: ---
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
2014 -
High School Diploma
  • Unweighted GPA: 3.98
  • Weighted GPA: 4.78
  • SAT: 1570
  • ACT: 36


FreeGeek Chicago
Summer 2018
  • Deconstruct electronic devices into its core materials for waste recycling
  • Unit test hardware components (RAM, hard drives, graphics cards) to ensure functionality
  • Build Linux-based systems out of donated and recycled parts
A+ Tutoring
Summer 2017 -
Summer 2018
Math & Science Tutor
  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • Elementary Math To Calculus
  • Computer Science & Physics
Northwestern University
Summer 2017
Research Intern
  • Ran computer simulations to analyze The Effect Of Nanoconfinement On The Structural & Transport Properties Of H2O
  • Used Python, Tcl, and C++ to sanitize data and complete data analysis
Research Poster


  • C++
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Firebase
  • Node.js
  • MongoDB
  • Adobe XD
  • Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

  • C
  • Dart
  • Tcl
  • Android
  • Autodesk Inventor

  • Autodesk Maya

Notable Projects


Built at MHacks X, Watchdog is a platform created to increase engagement in classrooms. Using a camera and Microsoft's Cognitive Services, Watchdog monitors a classroom and offers the teacher live, in-depth analytics on the current state of the room through collecting continuous data on the emotions and engagement of the students. The data is aggregated to display trends over time.


Built at Huskie Hacks - Health & Wellness, Aspecto is a platform aimed towards improving employees' mental and physical health within the workplace. Aspecto analyzes inputs from the user's microphone and camera to provide workers with a comprehensive overview of their physical and emotional state. It uses the data to generate live alerts regarding healthy habits such as posture and eye exercises.


Built at Hack Ridge, Exterminat0r is an experimental first-person shooter virtual reality game. It consists of two separate modes: aracde and survival. In arcade mode, the user has 60 seconds to shoot as many static blocks as possible. In survival mode, the user is placed in a custom map against infinite waves of enemy spawns. Motions are controlled via an X-Box Controller.


Built at CodeDay Chicago and Chicago Hacks, Caveat is a platform which serves comprehensive crime analytics within the city of Chicago. Using information from the Chicago Data Portal, a heat map is generated to facilitate an intuitive understanding regarding areas of high risk. Further analysis is also offered, detailing crime types and frequencies in the immediate vincinity.

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