This week, we were honored to welcome back Tyler Hinman. After graduating from TASIS England in 2002, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a BA in Information Technology. After working in Chicago as a bond trader, he took on a new position as a developer at Google. He is currently a games developer and software engineer at Lumosity.
After being introduced to crossword puzzles by TASIS England history teacher Perrin Tingley while in her 9th grade advisory, Tyler went on to cultivate his passion for puzzles. He holds the enviable title as five-time winner of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) and was its youngest champion in 2005 when he was just 20. Many may be familiar with his work as Tyler creates original puzzles for publications including the New York Times and The Onion.
Our fifth grade classes spent time with Tyler discussing the idea of brain-training and the neuroscience which goes into the games which he and his colleagues create. He described how memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving all play an important role. He also spoke about working with his team and the collaborative nature of creating games for both desktop computers and the mobile application. The Upper School Programming Club also spent time with Tyler and learned about his experiences and knowledge about programming languages, and he met with IB Information Technology students to discuss the business aspects of his work. Students asked his advice on university choices, gaining experience with programming, and what it is like to work in the tech field environment.
We thank Tyler for returning to campus and for sharing his knowledge and experience with our students.