Kintsugi, a fast-growing Berkeley-based mental health startup, is scaling up across multiple roles and all levels of experience to help shape the future of mental healthcare.
We are a lean team of hard-working, thoughtful, and curious individuals. The work at Kintsugi is a mixture of highly independent and collaborative, where team members are excited about problem-solving and often take initiative for project ownership. At Kintsugi, members have an opportunity to create solutions and meaningful impact while being a part of a team that is passionate about scaling access to mental healthcare. We are excited to welcome ambitious and talented people into our empathic community. Today we highlight Jacky Lee, who is our Machine Learning Engineer!
Jacky graduated in the Fall of 2019 with a B.S. in Joint Computer Science and Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College while maintaining a 4.0 major GPA. As a curious and self-motivated person who loves learning and self-studying various subjects, he has competed and been ranked on a national level in chemistry, physics, math, and programming competitions throughout high school and college. During his undergraduate career, he served as an officer of the Algorithms Club, president of the Math Club and Badminton Club, and lead organizer of the Caltech Harvey Mudd Math Competition. He also participated in and won several hackathons and puzzle hunts. He loves inspiring others to learn and, for over 10 years, has tutored students of different backgrounds ranging from elementary school to college. Some of the subjects he has tutored include computational biology, college-level chemistry, competition math, SAT/AP math classes, upper-division math courses, and graduate-level computer science courses. Some of his favorite subjects include abstract algebra, category theory, computational complexity, and machine learning. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing guitar, playing video games, badminton, and bowling.
University, Class, Major: Harvey Mudd College, Class of 2019, B.S. Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics
Job title: Machine Learning Engineer
Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds.
Why did you choose Kintsugi when in your job search?
The problem Kintsugi is trying to solve is both interesting and challenging. Raising mental health awareness is something that I believe to be quite important, so being able to work on something that tries to do that is appealing to me. Furthermore, the technical challenges faced by Kintsugi are quite interesting. Being able to learn more about scaling a business has been rewarding and helped me grow as an engineer.
What kind of projects have you worked on in your time at Kintsugi?
When I initially joined Kintsugi, I worked on testing and developing machine learning models. Since then, I have become involved in other more engineering-favored projects such as API development, cloud management, managing infrastructure as code, and model deployment. My current main focus is on building out our data infrastructure pipeline and managing our data ingestion pipelines for our various data sources. In the future, I hope to work more on building out our machine learning infrastructure.
How has working at a mission-aligned, diverse company like Kintsugi shaped your career path?
Due to the highly collaborative nature of Kintsugi, I have been able to be involved in many different aspects of the technical side of things. Through working at Kintsugi, I was able to learn more about managing large quantities of data through data and machine learning infrastructure. It has also allowed me to learn how to coordinate and effectively work with other people together as a team. The amazing people here have definitely helped me grow as both a team member and an engineer.
What words of advice would you give to new team members at Kintsugi?
Never be afraid to ask other people for advice or help. We work together as a team which means that if any of us runs into any trouble, we should strive to help each other so we can accomplish our goals together. We are all friendly and happy to help each other.
What are 3 words you would use to describe the Kintsugi culture?
Tight-knit, Exciting, Collaborative
Share a favorite All-Hands/video conference moment.
I love how some of our meetings and weekly syncs can be both casual and relaxed while still being productive.