James V Dinh

Computer Science Student


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Gavilan College

A.S. in Computer Programming
A.A. in Natural Science Emphasis
A.A. in Multiple Subjects Emphasis

  • GPA - 3.94
  • Dual Enrollment while in High School
  • Coursework - Art, C#, C++, Discrete Structures, HTML, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Humanities, Java, Photoshop, Physics, Psychology, Public Speaking, Python, Spanish, UNIX/Linux
  • Completing 3 Associate's Degrees (in progress) and General Education
  • Clubs - GEAR Club, CS Club

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High School

  • GPA - 3.95 (Unweighted), 4.72 (Weighted)
  • Coursework - AP Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Algebra I & II, Biology (H), Chemistry (H), English (H), P.E., Precalculus
  • SAT 1470 - Reading/Writing 710, Math 760
  • Commended Scholar - PSAT/NMSQT 1400
  • Outstanding Student Achievement - Integrated Math 1+, Integrated Math 2+
  • AMC 12 - achieved a high score (top 5 school-wide) on the Fall 2021 national AMC math competition
  • Clubs - STEM Club, Debate Club, Finance Club, Math Club


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Gilroy Gardens

Foods & Merch Associate

  • Worked as a Foods Associate at Castroville Corners (South Side)
  • Worked as a Sales Associate at Halls (South Side), Green Barn (North Side), Rose Horse (South Side), Scooter Bug (South Side)
  • Gained cashier and customer service experience as well as assisted in managing shifts and logistics
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Gavilan College Summer Internship

STEM Learning and Project Development Intern

  • SU 22 Gavilan College Summer Internship - Throughout the 8 weeks assigned to my advisor, Dr. Sewan Fan, I developed heightened knowledge in Physics, Math, and Arduino Programming
  • My team and I were tasked with creating a final product: a water-powered rocket that automatically collects and saves flight data to flash memory while also remaining as stable and as safe as possible


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Coding For Covid

Local High School Hackathon

  • Kronos Time Manager: a program designed to assist students in time management
  • Lead contributor towards front-end GUI development and back-end
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Ivy Hacks

Regional Coding Competition

  • 2020 Vision: visualized data chart for statistics on the Covid-19 pandemic that would help users determine if travel was safe to certain states
  • Lead back-end contributor
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DeltaX Hacks

National Coding Competition

  • Frozen Personality Test: a fun personality test for determining your character from Disney's Frozen
  • Lead back-end & front-end contributor
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ST Hacks

International Coding Competition

  • An international hackathon that aims to promote technological literacy, real local impact through technology, and contribute to efforts in solving world-wide issues through technology.



Principal Component Analysis

Mathematical Concept Explanation

  • Worked on a math project with Professor El Ghaoui from UC Berkeley's EECS Department
  • Principal Component Analysis: Used Python and the MatPlotLib library to build a program that calculated vector projections and plotted those projections on a predetermined line
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Math Model of Remote-Ready Jobs

Student Research Paper

  • MathWorks M3 modeling challenge
  • Remote Work: Fad, or Future?: a student research paper deriving a model for calculating the percentage of remote-ready jobs in certain cities around the world
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Gilroy Hacks

Student-Led Local High School Coding Competition

  • Gilroy Hacks: a student-led local hackathon initiative
  • Helped facilitate and manage logistics, tech, and marketing
  • Lead Website Designer for the Gilroy Hacks Website

Minecraft Early College Academy

Student-Led Build Project

  • Minecraft Early College Academy: an extensive to-scale mapping project of the entire GECA-Gavilan campus in Minecraft, gained experience in server management
  • Director, Lead Builder

Skills & Interests



  • Recreational Pianist for 3 years
  • 25+ pieces
  • Ability to improvise transitions and endings
  • Learns pieces from anime, movies, and games
    • Your Name
    • Violet Evergarden
    • Minecraft
    • Love is War
    • Genshin Impact
    • Ratatoullie
  • Signature Piece - "Sparkle" from Your Name arr by Theishter


  • Amateur coder for 2 years
  • Active on LeetCode (id: wellfedbison)
  • Various knowledge of Programming Languages:


  • Gilroy Hacks Event Director - 1 year
    • Managed event logistics and coordinated venue
    • Built website from scratch
    • Created, formatted, and reviewed all hackathon resources - Prompts, Rules, Volunteer Hours
  • GECA ASB Class Secretary - 2 years
  • Gavilan's CS Club President - 1 year
  • Acaprep Tutor in GECA's Acaprep Tutors Program - 1 year, assisted students in an array of subjects:
    • 4-year Plan - General Education, Degree Programs
    • Math - Algebra/Precalculus
    • AP World, APUSH, APLAC


  • Volunteers for nonprofits and community efforts to promote community-wide culture and improve educational opportunities (171+ hours)
    • Gilroy Hacks
    • GUSD IT
    • Gilroy Garlic Festival
    • IvyMax Hackathon
    • Pampered Princess
    • Boy Scouts
    • Rucker HSC


  • Improvised Block Schedule - my own personal strategy for getting work done, organizing events in a flexible block schedule
  • I use Nexcloud Calendar to plan for all events
  • Rigidly organze everything in folders - Nexcloud, Google Drive, Desktop Files, Github Repo Files
  • I'm a night owl (most productive during the night)


  • Avid LEGO Enthusiast for 7 years
  • Builds prototypes of models and home applications
    • Falcon 9 Rocket
    • Phone Stand (with built-in charger)
    • Book Stand
    • Music Stand


  • All Stars Championship - 1 season
  • Minor League Baseball - 5 seasons, 2.5 years
    • Secondary Pitcher
    • Primary Catcher
    • Second Baseman


  • Gilroy Recreation League - 6 seasons, 3 years
    • Primary Midfielder
    • Backup Goalie


  • Enjoys spending free time playing video games on Mouse and Keyboard
    • Minecraft
    • Destiny 2
    • Genshin Impact
    • Gang Beasts