Splash Biography

SONJA MALEK, Yale first-year studying environmental engineering

Major: environmental engineering

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Sonja and I'm a first-year Yale student in Davenport College. I'm originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and I'm planning to major in environmental engineering and education studies, though I also have a lot of love for writing, graphic design, and math. This will be my first time teaching classes for the Splash program, and I'm excited to share a few of my many interests with others!

Past Classes

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M3717: Cracking the Code: An Intro to the Mathematics of Cryptography in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Code-writing and code-breaking, also known as cryptography and cryptanalysis respectively, have been around for centuries: the ancient Greeks were said to have used ciphers, and secret codes played enormous roles in the Civil War, WWI and WWII. In this class, we'll look at a short history of cryptography, learn about different methods of code-writing, look at the mathematics behind some of the most difficult codes to crack, and try our hand at writing our own.