About Me

My name is Zack. I'm from Colorado, with half my family originally from Chile. I'm a Ph.D. student at UCSC in the Algorithms and Theory group working under Alex Kolla. I love math, computer science, and the intersection of the two; theoretical computer science. I also enjoy teaching and hope to teach many classes during my Ph.D.

I did my undergrad at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with a BS in computer science and a double minor in applied math and pure math.

Research Interests

Approximations, Quantum Computing, Algorithms, Complexity, Algebra


Outside of school, I like to Whitewater Kayak and Ski. For kayaking, some notable sections I've done are the Colorado classics Bailey Canyon and Gore Canyon (both are class IV-V). Then in California, I ran the Tobin section on the NF Feather (class IV-V-). For skiing, In Colorado, I've done Dragontail Couloir and Silvers Coulior (one of the 50 classic descents of North America).