Meet our Team


Jiali Zhang

Jiali is the Founder and President of HopAI, the Johns Hopkins Artificial Intelligence Society founded in 2018. She is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and an aspiring physician scientist. Her interests include the applications of AI technology in medical research as well as its applications in clinical practice.


Savanna Thompson

Savanna is the director of Outreach and a junior Cognitive Science major. She is interested in AI because she fell in love with the video game AI Trico in The Last Guardian and has been obsessed ever since. She also loves plants and nature but is allergic to grass.

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Daniel Blessing

Daniel is the director of Finance and an Applied Mathematics and Statistics major. He went to high school in Massachusetts, used to play chess and enjoys running. He interested in AI because he thinks it will be a transformative technology of our generation.


Cassie Parent

Cassie is the Vice President of HopAI and is a sophomore double majoring in BME and Computer Science. She originally became interested in AI from a technical standpoint, but as she dove deeper in trying to understand the technology she realized that she also wanted to understand the ethical implications behind using AI systems. She pursues research that combines AI and medicine, while also using hopAI to explore the interesting and emerging field.

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Olivia Brown

Olivia is a junior double majoring in International Studies and Computer Science. She is from outside of Boston and part of the Innovations committee. She is interested in the policy aspects of AI in implementation.


Daniela Torres

Daniela is the director of Marketing for HopAI and a junior majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Computer Science. Her interests include studying how humans process language, and learning how it can be modeled computationally. She is interested in AI to help humans have better interactions with everyday technology.


Joseph Boen

Joseph is freshman at Hopkins and double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He is a member of both the Events and Research committees. He is interested in AI for 2 reasons: it’s really cool, and it can do really cool things; he knows these reasons might sound a little funny but they’re absolutely true. He is also fascinated by the beautiful ideas that underly AI’s inner workings and what they can tell us about the true nature of intelligence.

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Karl lee

Karl is a sophomore double majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science, with a Computational Medicine minor. He is part of the Innovations committee and is fascinated by the computational complexity of the brain and wants to mathematically understand the nature of consciousness through the study of AI. Current AI topics that interest him are RNNs and GANs. He also enjoys doing Jiu Jitsu and playing VR games in his free time.

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Hailey Sheppell

Hailey is a junior studying Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and is the director of Innovations. Her studies blend well to give her a strong foundation in hard technical skills as well as machine learning and natural language processing. Cognitive Science introduced her to all that A.I. is capable of and she has been hooked ever since. Fun fact about Hailey: she has Synesthesia!


Wang xi

Wang is a BME PhD Student at Johns Hopkins and part of the Innovations committee. A recent burst in artificial intelligence has brought computer science into medicine deeper than ever. For the first time in ages, doctors could turn to machine learning algorithm for clinical advice or even decisions. However, the next generation biomedical practicers are faced with the giant challenge to build up robust and interpretable AI systems for health care. The mission of HopAI is to facilitate both scientific research and public awareness of AI, and he is excited to be part of this exciting era.


Claire narang

Claire is the director of Events for HopAI, and is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in French. She believes that AI is going to revolutionize many aspects of our every day lives, and is especially interested in its impacts on healthcare and medicine.


Peyton Baur

Peyton is junior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Management. She is on the Finance committee for HopAI and believes AI will be an incredible tool for us to expand our capabilities facets of our society. She is particularly interested in AI in the space of FinTech as well as policy surrounding AI development and innovation.

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Alex Borovoy

Alex is a senior International Studies major on the pre-medical track, and is part of the Events committee. He’s interested in the policy aspect of AI as well as its medical applications.  


Aim Wonghirundacha 

Aim is a junior from Thailand and is double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Anthropology. He is interested in the economic and social issues that emerge from the development of AI.

John Xing

John is a junior double majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science at Hopkins. He is a fintech enthusiast and python backend developer. He enjoys computational mathematics, algorithms, data processing, and build learning models for large datasets. Currently, he is working at a social investing network that helps people analyze/rate their strategies through learning models and copy the strategies of other traders who get high ratings. He is interested in AI because it provides answers to problems in a world undergoing data growth explosion.

Patrick herbert

Patrick is a junior studying Applied Math and Computer Science and part of the Innovations committee. The intersection of natural intelligence and artificial intelligence is what first attracted him to the field, and this passion has lead him to delve into fields like computer vision and natural language processing. He also loves traveling to explore new cultures and widen his world view (also all the different kinds of food!).