Dennis Li

BS at Duke University

Physics, 2014


Looking for a full-time position starting soon! Interested in engineering (both hardware and software) and startups.

Work History

Sep 2013
HackDuke Co-director and Founder
  • Fall 2013: First large scale hackathon in the Southeast with 500+ programmers and 100+ completed projects

  • Spring 2014: First large intercollegiate hackathon focused on civic hacking/code for good. Brought in 300+ engineers to work closely with 11 different non-profits

  • Raised over $100,000 in direct sponsorship total and brought in guest speakers like Douglas Crockford (author of Javascript: The Good Parts) and Tim Sweeney (CEO/Founder of Epic Games).

  • Media coverage, projects, sponsors and more information at

Aug 2013
CERN Summer Research Student
  • Developed simulations for different high energy particle

  • Automated the interfacing of Feynman diagrams with Madgraph5 (python library that generates physics processes)

May 2013 Aug 2013
Google Software Engineering Intern
  • Improved search quality on the search indexing service of Google TV by more than x% (confidential)

  • Developed data visualization tools to track the improvement of the search results as a result of the algorithm

Aug 2012 Dec 2012
Duke University Web Development Instructor
  • Created and taught a class of 20 students in the first web development course at Duke. Syllabus:
May 2012 Aug 2012
IBM Extreme Blue Technical Intern

Participated in IBM's highly selective and competitive internship, Extreme Blue.

  • Created a new frontend for a project management and collaboration tool based on data collected from usability tests. New users were 10% more successful at performing tasks on the new interface.

  • Invited to the IBM headquarters to present the final product to high level IBM executives like Steve Mills.

Jun 2011 May 2013
Duke University - Steven A. Cummer Lab Researcher
  • Improved the focusing ability (lens size to focal length ratio) of flat acoustic metamaterial lenses by 20% in both simulation and experiment.
Jul 2010 Aug 2010
Wonder Space Computer Science Instructor
Jun 2009 Nov 2009
Army Research Lab Research Intern

Researched how urban and rural behavior affected turbulence.

• Wrote a statistical and computational model to describe atmospheric turbulence, analyzing over 40 billion lines of raw data from wind and temperature sensors

• Numerically demonstrated that turbulence in cities was significantly less strong than in rural areas, exhibiting a maximum radius of 1000m

• Awarded national semifinalist status in the Siemens Research Competition (Analysis of Boundary Layer Turbulence in Urban and Rural Conditions);


Sep 2010 May 2014

Fields of Study

  • Physics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science


  • Agile Methodologies
  • Altera Quartus
  • CSS
  • Css3
  • Common Lisp
  • Dojo
  • Eclipse
  • Html 5
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • LaTeX
  • Mathematica
  • MySQL
  • Node.js
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Rational Team Concert
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Web Development
  • jQuery


  • Design of an Acoustic Metamaterial Lens Using Genetic Algorithms