Hi there, Human 👋🏼
I am Dr. Mia von Steinkirch, a theoretical physicist, a computer scientist, and an entrepreneur. I work on quantum computing, machine learning, and cloud infrastructure & orchestration. Previously, I was a senior software engineer at Apple, Yelp, Etsy, and Surfline; and a researcher at NASA Goddard Space, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Quantum Gravity Research Institute. Below is my detailed bio.
Life as a Curious Kid in South America
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line
Getting into the biz
In 6th grade, I started my first company, selling magic blood. It wasn't real blood, but a chemical reaction, which I just learned about (see what happens when you mix Ammonia and Phenolphthalein). I sold several bottles in my school (until I got caught by the nums: I was in catholic school!).
My second company, in 7th grade, was a magazine subscription about a certain famous actor (I can't tell who, it's embarrassing). This was back when the internet wasn't really a thing, and subscribers would monthly mail me money to see the stories.
A lil h4x0r bb
I started being very interested in coding & how computers work by that time, so I wrote my first website, http://fly.to/bytegirl:
It was made in Macromedia Flash, and it's funny how some of my interests are still the same, such as AI and expert systems. Well, but not MP3 :).
Life as a Physicist, from Sao Paulo to New York
Look, Ma, I am a Doctor
During college, I was an undergraduate researcher at the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological, where I studied Cosmology (more specifically, the equations of dark matter and dark energy), under the supervision of Prof. Elcio Abdalla.
I worked at NASA and I didn't make bombs in Los Alamos
In the last year of college, I had the chance to spend a summer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, as an undergraduate researcher, where I studied the Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei, with Prof. Steve Kraemer.
As a Ph.D. student, I had a scholarship as a graduate researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, where I developed Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis to find the Physics of Neutron Stars, with Prof. Christopher Lee Fryer, Prof. Alan Calder, and Prof. James M. Lattimer.
I also had a chance to work for a year at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where I researched the Physics of Quark-Gluon Plasmas in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), with Prof. Barbara Jacak.
During that time, I had the honor of being awarded scholarships to attend events such as American Astronomical Society, HPC Xsede Summer School '13, CERN Winter School '09, and the well-regarded NYC programmer retreat Recurse Center'14 (formerly Hacker School).
Long nights at my student office
I have some scientific articles published in Nuclear, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. I have some whitepapers, tutorials, and open-source projects on Quantum Computing, Quantum Topological Field Theory, Machine Learning, among others. You can check them out on my graduate website.
Life as a Software Engineer in California
Hack the planet
Flyin hi with Python
At that time, I open-sourced a book on Python and Algorithms. In 2015, Hanbit Media, Inc. gave me money so that they would have it translated to Korean 🤷🏻♀️. I maintain a repository for penetration testing that has 1k+ stars. I open-sourced a tool to make GCP security easier.
My first job outside the academy was as a security software engineer at Yelp. There I created an in-house machine learning software for DNS/Web endpoint data analysis. I also worked on several infrastructure and security tasks.
I was a senior software engineer at the Core OS (security) team at Apple for a year, under Ivan Krstić's supervision, where I developed software to help with Apple's internal security and incident response, I researched iOS Security hardening, and I helped writing Apple's Deep Learning toolkit for richer data augmentation for image recognition.
I was a senior infrastructure software engineer at Etsy for a year and a half, at Will Rogers's and Ben Hughes's team. There, I developed an incident response infrastructure for Etsy's fleet, with OSQuery. I wrote a security suite for GCP, that identifies and alerts on security flaws and misconfigurations.
Startups & Beyond
I spent a summer hanging out with the folks from Surfline, where I helped build an end-to-end pipeline & software for surfers to retrieve clips of the waves they caught (from over 500+ cameras worldwide), and I learned how they maintain a worldwide camera infrastructure.
I spent a winter helping out the folks at the Quantum Gravity Research Institute, working together with Klee Irwin and his team to simulate a quantum gravitational theory on quasicrystals. I also taught Agile and DevOps practices for a team of 10+ scientists.
Life is This Very Moment
These are my lifelong interests:
Quantum Computing & Utopia
- I work with the folks from Unitary Fund to develop software technology for quantum computing. They are amazing, and this is an honor for me. Check out our NISQ Algorithm Zoo.
- Curiee is a non-profit language-agnostic destination for software engineers and hackers to learn, play, and publish quantum computing code. We have lots of ideas for the future to come
- Sometimes I write articles on quantum computing.
- I maintain a curated repository on quantum computing resources.
- Almost a decade ago, I wrote a lil e-book in Quantum Information.
AI & VR
- I maintain a curated repository on ETL, Machine Learning, and pipelines.
- Here are some of my open-sourced ML projects from my Ph.D. projects: projects website, NetAna, NetClean, MFITS, MLNet, and Stony Brook graduate class.
- Back in the day, I wrote a paper On Classifying Complex Networks by their Topological Features, and on hacking XBOX Kinetic's cameras.
- Welcome to the brave new world of dream3rs
Cloud Infrastructure & Orchestration
- Sometimes I write articles on software, cloud infrastructure, and orchestration.
- I maintain a curated repository on cloud infrastructure resources and a curated repository on Kafka and streaming processing.
- Here is an open-sourced repository for an end-to-end pipeline in AWS to retrieve and edit clips (using lambda functions in Python, and AWS resources such as SQS and SNS).
Nihilism & Entrepreneurism
- I maintain a curated repository on resources for Entrepreneurism.
- If you are into statements in your tees, please check nihil.city. It comes with a pretentious medium pub.
Extreme Sports & Nomadic Life
- Whenever I can, I like to find news spots for either surfing, skateboarding, or snowboarding, make new friends, and take some pictures.
- Check out my dearest spots for snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing.
- I maintain a curated repository on resources on becoming a digital nomad.
- Having been a nomad for years, these are the places I lived in for at least a few months: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Malibu, Oahu, Maui, San Diego, Washington DC, Long Island, Santiago, and Sao Paulo.
- Yes, I can kickflip.
The Meaning of Life & The Death of the Self
- My favorite motto is Impossible is a state of mind. From extreme sports, I like to think about this: Once we control our emotional response to events, time will move much slower.
- Here are some quotes and artistic elements that I regard.
- Want to chat with me? Grab some time in my calendar or send me a message through Keybase. Topics of interest are everything you read in this gist + ideas to take over the World (disclaimer: I might take a week or more to get back to you, but I respond every message I get