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? 

Baladitya YellapragadaBaladitya Yellapragada (Photo by Preston Davis)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.

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