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Voices of Baskin Engineering

  • Ashwin Chakraborty: Undergraduate Student

    Ashwin Chakraborty: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Robotics Engineering, B.S.
    Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Hometown: Palm Desert, CA

    “Being given a problem and being able to approach it in any way that I see fit is incredibly freeing and fun.”

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  • Sam Trujillo: Undergraduate Student

    Sam Trujillo: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Menlo Park, CA

    “Having a community of other students striving for the same goal as yourself gives you that foundation for success.”

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  • Sammy Tesfai: Undergraduate Student

    Sammy Tesfai: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Engineering, B.S.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

    “What I like best about being an engineering major would be the amount of flexibility we are given to express our creativity into creating solutions to problems individuals can use in the real world.”

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  • Rakshya Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Rakshya Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S., Bioinformatics minor
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Bhaktapur, Nepal (immigrated to USA in 2015)

    “The best part of being an engineering major is always having the opportunity to be creative.”

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  • Noopur Raval: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Noopur Raval: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Graduate Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Cinema Studies, M.Phil., Arts & Aesthetics, M.A.; UC Irvine, Informatics, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: Christ University, (3 majors) Media Studies, English Literature, and Psychology, B.A.
    Advisor: Norman Su
    Department: Computational Media

    “It’s important to learn by doing, take chances, and grow from those individual experiences.”

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  • Manikantanagasai (Mani) Illuri: Undergraduate Student

    Manikantanagasai (Mani) Illuri: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering

    “This whole evolution of technology fascinates me, and I want to find ways that I can contribute to innovation that improves our quality of life.”

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  • Shreedhar Jangam: Undergraduate Student

    Shreedhar Jangam: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: San Jose, CA

    I love the opportunities available to engineering students. 

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  • Nhan Nguyen: Undergraduate Student

    Nhan Nguyen: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Game Design B.S
    Department: Computational Media

    “It’s so satisfying when you find the solution to a complex coding problem.”

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  • Amber Sargeant: Alumna

    Amber Sargeant: Alumna

    Degree Program: Serious Games, M.S.
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computational Media

    “I wanted to get an M.S. in serious games because I want to make games that explore topics important to me, such as climate change and mental health. I think these topics need more recognition in the media, and what better way to show it than through interactive media?”

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  • Maryam Siddiqui: Undergraduate Student

    Maryam Siddiqui: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.; Electronic Music, minor
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering

    “There’s a lot of intersection between electronic music and computer science. In one of my classes, we’re using a specific music programming language to program our own sounds and electronic instruments. Doing these types of projects heightens my interest because I never thought I could blend those two fields and passions of mine together.”

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  • Selin Ovali: Graduate Student

    Selin Ovali: Graduate Student

    Degree Program: Human Computer Interaction, M.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University, Computer Science B.S.
    Department: Computational Media

    “I specifically chose this program because I really liked the people involved and the research currently being done at Baskin Engineering in the HCI field.”

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  • Justin Grant: Graduate Student

    Justin Grant: Graduate Student

    Degree Program: Human Computer Interaction, M.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Philosophy, B.A.
    Department: Computational Media

    “My goal is to build on my undergraduate philosophy degree to develop technology that is useful and accessible to everyone.”

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  • Vince Dinh: Undergraduate Student

    Vince Dinh: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.; Business Management Economics, B.A.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering; Economics

    “The [UCSC] campus and culture really appealed to me, and I can confidently say I’m happy with my decision.”

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  • Harika Dechiraju: Ph.D. Candidate

    Harika Dechiraju: Ph.D. Candidate

    Degree Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (India), Instrumentation and Control Engineering, B.S.
    Advisor: Marco Rolandi
    Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

    “I’ve been working on developing bioelectronic devices for wound healing applications and tissue regeneration.”

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  • Rishita Wairagade: Undergraduate Student

    Rishita Wairagade: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering

    “Baskin Engineering does a great job of providing research opportunities for all of its engineering students.”

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  • Adeel Akhtar: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Adeel Akhtar: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Graduate Institution: University of Waterloo, Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. & Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Mechatronics, B.S.
    Advisor: Ricardo Sanfelice
    Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

    “I am not thinking too far ahead, but instead trying to live in the present. I am more concerned about making meaningful contributions and learning as many things as possible in my postdoc appointment at UC Santa Cruz.”

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  • Kunal Garg: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Kunal Garg: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Degree Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Graduate Institution: University of Michigan, Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
    Advisor: Alvaro Cardenas and Ricardo Sanfelice

    “One of the things that attracted me to Baskin Engineering was the opportunity to do an interdisciplinary project that blends the topics of security of cyber physical systems and control theory.”

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  • Gerrald Lodewijk: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Gerrald Lodewijk: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Graduate Institution: Utrecht University, Neuroscience and Cognition, M.S., and University of Amsterdam, Molecular Neuroscience, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: Utrecht University, Biomedical Sciences, B.S.
    Advisor: Ali Shariati
    Department: Biomolecular Engineering

    “It’s been nice to establish a research network at UCSC and outside of the UCSC research community, which has allowed me to secure new project collaborations and expand my research scope.”

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  • Evan Pepper: Alumnus

    Evan Pepper: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics, B.S.
    Graduate Institution: University of Washington, working towards a Ph.D. in Molecular Engineering
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Biomolecular Engineering

    “The ACE program is what motivated me to continue my involvement in academia and what encouraged me to pursue a career in education to hopefully become a professor one day.”

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  • Andrea Peeters: Staff

    Andrea Peeters: Staff

    Graduate Institution: Loyola Marymount University, M.A. Counseling & Capella University, Ph.D. Education
    Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
    Department: Undergraduate Advising

    “My two favorite days of the year are the first day of the academic year and commencement. To see students walk across the stage with the world at their fingertips is just rad!”

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