Splash Biography

SONJA MALEK, Yale sophomore 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 sophomore 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 is my second time teaching classes for the Splash program, and I'm excited to teach some fun new classes and share a few of my many interests with you all!

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.