Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: United States of America
Scholar Status: Scholar Alum
Rhodes Identifier: Nebraska & Linacre 2020
Neil Benjamin Band, Omaha, is a Harvard senior pursuing a Computer Science degree with a minor in Economics. His senior thesis applies economic frameworks and artificial intelligence techniques to speed up the drug discovery process. He has researched distributed machine learning optimization to improve seizure prediction for epilepsy patients, and security vulnerabilities in collateralized cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra token. Neil is the co-founder of multiple social ventures, including the development of a cryptocurrency that aims to improve payment security in the world's largest Syrian refugee camp. On campus, he serves as founding technology chair of the Harvard Undergraduate Blockchain Group. In his free time, he enjoys dancing hip-hop with Harvard Expressions and Bhangra with Harvard College Bhangra and Ghungroo, Harvard's largest student-run production.