I’m Walt McKelvie, a junior studying computer science with a concentration in mathematics at Columbia University. You might know me from my involvement in the TCS reading group, the CURC self-driving car project, or the ski team. I’m interested in all things TCS, especially cryptography, complexity theory, and distributed computing.
I grew up in Seattle. During high school, I led software development for my high school’s robotics team and interned for two summers at Xevo, an automotive telematics company later acquired by Lear. Before transferring to Columbia, I spent my freshman year at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I worked on systems security research, among other things.
I was fortunate to spend a great summer in 2022 doing work related to digital signal processing at Apple, and another in 2023 at Purdue doing distribution testing research with Paul Valiant. I am part of the Crypto Lab at Columbia, where I am advised by Tal Malkin.