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Below is a list of professional, personal and academic projects that I’ve worked on.

Employer Projects

This is the website for the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative, an international collaboration that brings together 180 research groups from around the world to study the genetic determinants of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcome.

I developed this website while working at the Broad Institute.

Atlas of Economic Complexity

A research and data visualization platform that allows people to explore global trade flows across 250 countries & 6000 products, track these dynamics over time and discover new growth opportunities. The Atlas was first created in 2011 and I lead a complete rewrite starting in 2016. It receives 15,000 unique visits a month from a diverse user base of policy makers, students, researchers, journalists and investors.

The Atlas was a finalist in the Politics & Global category of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards (IIBA) in 2018 (10 out of 112 entries in the category) and 2019 (8 out of 88 entries in the category). The IIBA recognize the best works in the field of data visualization and information design from around the world every year.

I developed this platform while working at Harvard’s Center for International Development.


An interactive visualization and exploration platform for more than 5 million US patents since 1975, developed for the US Patents and Trademark Office. The application was featured by the Obama White House in early 2016 as an example of excellence in making government data accessible to the public.

I developed this application while working for Periscopic. Please click here to read more about the project on their website.

Since I left Periscopic, PatentsView has gone through one more development phase in late 2016 with new added features. You can see a screen capture of the version I worked on here.

Pacific Salmon Explorer

A data exploration tool that offers the most comprehensive look at the health and status of wild salmon in British Columbia, developed for the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

The watersheds of British Columbia support five species of Pacific salmon (sockeye, pink, Chinook, coho, and chum) and provide spawning and rearing habitat for over 400 genetically and geographically distinct populations of wild salmon. The tool provides access to the core biological data for the 55 distinct salmon populations found in the Skeena watershed, as well as key pressures on their freshwater and estuarine habitats.

I developed this application while working for Periscopic. Please click here to read more about the project on their website.

Tennessee Educator Survey

A visualization of the results of the annual Tennessee Educator Survey for sharing with educators, the broader education community, and the general public. It was developed for the Tennessee Department of Education.

The Tennessee Educator Survey is distributed annually to teachers and administrators throughout the state. It aims to offer a pulse check on major state initiatives and to provide actionable feedback for policymakers at the state, district, and school levels.

I developed this application while working for Periscopic. Please click here to read more about the project on their website.

Measurement Learning & Improvement (MLI) Study

Interactive teacher survey and visualization of survey results for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

I developed this application while working for Periscopic. Please click here to read more about the project on their website.

Personal Projects

One Year of Data Visualization Society Membership in the U.S.

A creative visualization of the geographical and skill distribution of Data Visualization Society members in the United States over one year. This work was created as an entry in the One Year Membership Challenge to mark their first anniversary.

I also gave a talk about how the visualization was made (slides).

Human Mobility during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S.

An interactive map showing daily human mobility at the state- and county-levels during the pandemic in the United States.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

CPMC-Lab: a MATLAB Package for Constrained Path Monte Carlo Calculations

Huy Nguyen (lead author), Hao Shi, Jie Xu and Shiwei Zhang. Computer Physics Communications (2014).

DOI permanent link. Full text

Passive Optical Separation and Enrichment of Cells by Size Difference

Siew Kit Hoi, Vuong Hoang Kim, Nguyen Manh Huy, Chorng-Haur Sow, Yueh-Sheng Ow and Andrew Bettiol. Biomicrofluidics (2010).

DOI permanent link. Full text.

College Projects

Undergraduate Thesis

Calculation of the imaginary-time Green’s function (correlation function) of the Hubbard model using the constrained path Monte Carlo method. Leroy Apker Award 2014 finalist.


A Matlab package (including an interactive Graphical User Interface) to calculate the ground-state energy of the Hubbard model using the constrained path Monte Carlo (CPMC) method.


A Java package that performs diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) calculations with an interactive Graphical User Interface using Java’s Swing.

Hartree-Fock Study of Helium Hydride

An innovative functional and rule-based implementation in Mathematica to compute the equilibrium bond length of the HeH+\text{HeH}^+ cation using Hartree-Fock.

High School Projects

Avalon Satellite System

A design for a Pol-InSAR (Polarimetric-Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite constellation for maritime security and piracy detection, consisting of three satellites flying in formation. First Prize winner at the Singapore Space Challenge 2009.

Integrated Microfluidic and Optical Sorting Device

A lab-on-a-chip system to separate yeast cells of different sizes using optical force. Bronze Medal winner at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2009.

The Truth Behind Free Markets

A project that statistically analyzes Adam Smith’s classical liberal view that “basic institutions that protect the liberty of individuals to pursue their own economic interests result in greater prosperity for the larger society.” Second Prize winner at the Singapore Statistical Poster Competition 2009.


A few other things I’ve won in the distant past:

  • Gold Medal - Singapore Physics Olympiad 2008 (top 8 of 200 contestants). Awarded by the Institute of Physics, Singapore. This competition selects the Singapore national team to compete at the International Physics Olympiad.
  • Perfect Score - Australian National Chemistry Quiz in 2008 (top 0.1% of 120,000 contestants in 15 countries). Awarded by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
  • Distinction - American Mathematics Competition (AMC 12) in 2008 (top 5% of 70,000 contestants) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. Awarded by the Mathematical Association of America. This competition is one in a series to select the US national team for the International Mathematical Olympiad.
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