Baladitya “Aditya” Yellapragada
Class of 2013
Electrical engineering & computer sciences
Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering?
I had older friends from high school attending Berkeley who attested to its top-notch EECS program. That, mixed with the amazing location of the university, convinced me.
What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering?
I admire the people here; I have never studied at a place so diverse. My peers and coworkers have inspired me to push myself even further. I am fortunate to be in such an intelligent community that is willing to collaborate, share and learn.
What are you working on?
I’ve been involved with Pioneers in Engineering (PiE), a student organization on campus that encourages underprivileged Bay Area high school students into STEM fields, primarily by organizing annual robotics competitions. I have also worked on a remote project at Jack Gallant’s Computational Neuroscience Lab. I am programming a more efficient algorithm that creates a 3-D model of a subject’s brain with certain important regions automatically demarcated based on data collected from their MRI scans.
What are you passionate about?
I love the statistics and applied math aspect of EE and CS theory. Its use in data analytics, machine learning, etc. is astounding. I have always loved the bridge of science and engineering, hence my interest in cognitive science.
What are your future plans?
I plan to continue refining my CS-related applied math skills in the Computational Neuroscience Lab. I see large potential in this area that is just waiting to be tapped into. I plan on starting a company that conducts powerful, artificially intelligent data analytics for scientific and governmental purposes.