Software engineer Jimmy Shi of Princeton Junction dies at 22

West Windsor-Plainsboro High South graduate Jimmy Shi died Thursday, June 16. He was 22.

Born in Beijing, China, Jimmy came to the United States in 2006 with his family when he was seven years old and they settled in Princeton Junction. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University this year and was working at the data science company Palantir in Palo Alto, Calif. as a software engineer.

When Jimmy was a high school student, he studied game design from industry professionals and freelance developers at Carnegie Mellon University. His team’s final project won the National STEM Video Game Design Challenge in 2016. In college, Jimmy went on to become the captain of the Johns Hopkins University ICPC Programming team. He also competed in the USA Computing Olympiad, UPenn PClassic, and Bloomberg CodeCon.

The grandson of the late Yibiao Shi, Jimmy is survived by his parents, Chun Shi and Yinghui Li, a sister Anny Shi, maternal grandparents Shancai Li and Lanying Luo, his paternal grandmother Wenlin Wang, Uncle Jikai Li, Aunt Jun Yan, and two cousins, Kevin and Gloria Li.

The funeral service will be private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.