Rees was born in Hong Kong before moving to Connecticut at age 6. He received his BS with honors in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University in 2020 after barely passing his final exam on wines. He thinks materials science is pretty hard, so he currently develops machine learning methods to do it for him. He is particularly interested in crystalline and energy materials as well as few-shot and generative deep learning. When not doing research, Rees enjoys exploring new places, being a bedroom DJ, and pursuing his life’s dream of winning an intramural T-shirt.