Hello, I'm Jake Zaia, welcome to my personal website. Please see the above navbar for links to my resume, portfolio, and the source code for this website (licensed under GPLv2). If you're looking for more information about who I am and what I do, keep reading to the sections below. If you're looking to get in contact with me and you want to ask me some questions or schedule a time to chat, please email me at one of the email addresses listed below or connect with me on my LinkedIn.
My name is Jake Zaia, and I am an undergraduate student of computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), specializing in security, and working towards a dual-minor in mathematics and computing security. After graduating I plan to continue to graduate school where I hope to study quantum computing. I am a frequent attendee of hackathons, and have attended well over 20 across the state of New York and the surrounding area. My teams and I always enjoy working hard to produce something interesting, whether it be for the betterment of society or just to make something fun. For examples of some of these projects, please visit my portfolio, which lists many of my hackathon and school projects. I have also mentored hackathons on occasion and provided administrative and technical knowledge to participants and organizers.
This website, in addition to being open source itself, is being hosted through Mail-in-a-box, which is an open source implementation of a mail, file storage, and web server. I am an active participant in and proponent of the free and open source community throughout the internet and here at RIT, where I serve as secretary of the RIT Linux User's Group. I love linux-y things, and encourage wider adoption of Linux for both technical and ethical reasons wherever I can. In addition, I am a Certified Rockstar Developer and contributor to the Rockstar Language project and community.
I am a lifelong teacher and tutor. I started my tutoring career as a volunteer in high school, and continued into the private sector in college via Wyzant. I love helping people learn and grow as I teach them computer science and mathematics in a way that's easy to understand. In total I have over 8 years of tutoring experience in both computer science and mathematics, at the middle school, high school, college, and adult level. This experience spans various programming languages and paradigms, and covers fields from computing fundamentals to object oriented languages to operating systems, embedded development, algorithm optimization and computer graphics.
Feel free to reach me at one of the following emails: