Meet Nate Soares

A 2007 graduate of Randolph Union High School, Nate now lives in Berkeley, California and is the Executive Director of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). Before settling into his career, however, Nate saw a good deal of the world and learned some amazing skills along the way.

"After leaving RUHS, I attended the George Washington University where I studied Computer Science and Economics. During my four years at GW, I participated in many extra-curricular activities, from ballroom dancing to rugby.

"At the end of my freshman year I began working as a contractor with the National Defense University (NDU) at the U.S. Department of Defense through the Consortium Research Fellows Program. While there, I created computer tools and simulations to assist NDU teachers in providing education to US troops who were deployed overseas.

"I spent the first semester of my junior year studying in Paris, France; and my second semester in Dublin, Ireland. In the month between semesters, I backpacked around Europe and northern Africa visiting other GW students. That same year I began another fellowship program with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) writing software that aggregated and analyzed enormous amounts of energy efficiency data – tools that are used today by NIST to predict the effects of new energy standards.

"I continued working for NIST through my senior year. During that time I built a tool that is used to help ordinary people lay out energy efficient buildings and I became the president of the entrepreneur's club. At the end of my senior year I was hired by Microsoft, then later took a job with Google.

"My years at RUHS taught me how to be a member of the 'real world.' In elementary school, they make you write in cursive and tell you that high school will be much harder. In high school they tell you to shape up, because college will be 'way different.' In college they tell you to get your act together, because the real world is nearly upon you. They're wrong. You've been in the real world the whole time, and RUHS is part of it. The lessons you learn at RUHS, lessons about yourself and about others, about how to make an impact: these lessons will hold true no matter where life takes you next."

Catch up with Nate's Latest Project here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/abc942cc-5fb3-11e4-8c27-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3HlHgaYof