Jan 2012 - Jan 2016

PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

PhD student of Georgiy L. Stenchikov

Jan 2010 - Jan 2012

MS in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Specialized in Computational Geoscience

Jan 2006 - Jan 2010

BA (magna cum laude) in Mathematics and Economics

Lewis and Clark College

with departmental honors in economics

Minor in Computer Science

Thesis "Hanseatics and their Privileges: a factor market price-discrimination model for medieval merchant guilds"

Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Intern (Technology Management)

Saudi Aramco

With the Intellectual Asset Management unit, I interviewed Aramco in-house inventors to understand their needs in IP support.

With the Operations and Innovation unit, I drafted executive briefs and feasibility studies of 30 Aramco joint venture opportunities.

May 2010 - Jul 2010

Research Intern (Bioinformatics)

University of Rome "La Sapienza"

I worked on the automated pipeline for identifying genomic mutation under the team of  Anna Tramontano

Sep 2007 - Dec 2007


Focus the Nation (NGO)

I analyzed organizational data from collaborating institutions in this climate change educational NGO.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Summer Intern (Market Intelligence)

Global Sage

I optimized candidate/company profiles for 20 private equity and investment firms.

Selected Awards

Provost's Award 2010

phi beta kappa Junior Initiate 2009

John V. Baumler Scholarship in Economics 2008


N.T. Cameron, A. Yip. Hankel determinants of sums of consecutive Motzkin numbers. Linear Algebra Appl., 434 (3) (2011), pp. 712–722.

Smith, Nicholas D. and Yip, Andrew C. 2010. ‘Partnership with God: A Partial Solution to the Problem of Petitionary Prayer.’ Religious Studies, 46, 395–410.

"Game theoretic analysis of petitionary prayer." Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Paper. Forest Grove Oregon, April 2010


American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting  San Francisco CA, Dec. 2014 (Oral Presentation) 

Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Forest Grove OR, Apr. 2010 (Oral Presentation)

AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings San Francisco CA, Jan. 2010

Acton University on Religion and Free Market Grand Rapids MI, Jun. 2009

AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings Washington DC, Jan. 2009 (Excellent Poster Presenter Award)

Northwest Philosophy Conference at University of Oregon Eugene OR, Dec. 2008 (Oral Presentation)

YIAIR Global Conference on Asian and International Affairs Washington DC, Nov. 2008

FEE Seminar on Austrian Economics Irvington NY, Aug. 2008

MAA Summer Mathematics Conference MathFest Madison WI, Jul. 2008 (Oral Presentation)

IHS Seminar on Individual Freedom and Global Development Bryn Mawr PA, Jul. 2008


Certificate in Entrepreneurship by KAUST/UC Berkeley Lester Center for Entrepreneurship 2014

Certificate in Entrepreneurship by Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management 2011

External Coursework

National University of Singapore Summer Institute in Behavior Economics 2011

Harvard Summer School 2009

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Spring 2009