now founding cottage, previously engineer at startups

Work

In the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work with both startups and big companies.

methid

2023 - 2024

founding engineer and product lead for seed-stage biotech and computer vision startup backed by Founders Fund

nearside

2020 - 2022

early engineer at fintech startup that raised $75 million and grew to 100+ employees, recently got acquired

facebook

2020

intern on Messenger team, proposed and led feature impacting all 50,000 employees, received return offer with highest-rating

kleiner perkins fellow

2020

selected from 3000+ applicants, learned about startups and entrepreneurship

ideo

2020

selected by design firm IDEO after participating in a hackathon, spent one-week learning about IDEO's design process

walmart labs

2019

built a cross-platform app for a new product idea, also did some data engineering, presented to leadership and received return offer

Projects

In the past 7 years, I've engaged in engineering, research and design opportunities for various projects.

collaborative storytelling

2024

built an experience for people to record stories together, inspired by the mechanics of improv

block party

2023

built a chrome extension with a sense of humor that blocks distracting websites

jokegpt

2023

built a chrome extension that inserts context-relevant jokes generated by GPT into Github Pull Requests

figma sldes plugin

2023

built a plugin utility to create slide deck PDFs directly in Figma

shape playground

2022

worked with venture-backed, AI startup Circle Labs to build a novel, discord-native experience for character generation using GPT-3

goofy donuts

2022

built social donut-creator app (300+ donuts created so far)

spotify sorter

2022

built a spotify classifier using LLMs to create genre-specific playlists from liked songs

edtech research

2021

designed novel learning experience for comp sci students, inspired by Seymour Papert and Bret Victor

computational art

2021

created 6 different interactive artworks using particle systems, machine-learned models, and animation techniques

statistical language modeling

2020

researched the prevalence of FrameNet semantics in word embeddings like BERT using cluster analysis techniques

multimodal analysis

2020

researched ML-based multimodal approaches (speech analysis, webcam video analysis) to predict student learning outcomes

iso athletic

2018 - 2019

co-founded sports analytics startup, served 8 NCAA DI clients at our peak

oscillations

2018 - 2019

built a cross-platform AR app for a technology research company enabling dance choreography

deep space

2019

built clicker game with space expansion theme, complex architecture, and gripping mechanics

lock-free deque

2019

implemented a research paper on a lock-free data structure using Rust, that outperformed the standard library equivalent

medical pricing

2019

researched medical pricing datasets using NLP techniques with Prof. Dinda

compiler transformations

2019

built middle-layer compiler optimizations using LLVM and C++ that placed 3rd in class competition

coco health

2018

designed, built, and shipped company website for a startup incubated in the Kellogg MBA school

wish design challenge

2018

explored research and design directions to increase sales in the Wish app

drawing with voice

2018

created an interactive drawing experience on the web powered by a voice UI

happy birthday mom

2018

created a card experience on the web for my mother's birthday

Writing

In my free time, I enjoy practicing long-form, expository writing.

ai and creativity

2022

showing DALL-E to my 10-year old niece

why write

2022

reflections on the benefit of writing

the lady at the fruit stand

2022

personal story about my encounter with an exceptionally kind person

a prosaic life

2022

thoughts on a simple approach to living

jiddu 101

2022

personal story on the teachings of the philosopher krishnamurti

help-seeking and design

2022

reflections on a culture of helping, and thoughts on design systems

Education

I spent my childhood in alternative boarding schools learning about self-awareness and social impact. In college, I focused on the systems track of computer science and liberal arts.

dtr research lab

2019 - 2020

spent a year in a competitive, self-directed HCI research lab, learning effective planning, prioritizing, help-seeking, designing, and communicating

northwestern

2016 - 2021

graduated magna cum laude with my bachelors and masters in computer science, also explored liberal arts, philosophy, history, neuroscience, and more

uwc, india

2014 - 2016

was valedictorian of impact-oriented international school that brought together students from 60 different countries to build a future of peace and sustainability

sahyadri, india

2010 - 2014

attended boarding school set up by the philosopher krishnamurti, with a focus on meditation and simple living

Photography

I love taking photos and have won an international photo competition by the University of Melbourne, the prize of which was an all-expense-paid visit to Australia.

road trip: sf to seattle

2017

long conversations, coffee shops and bookstores, forests and deserts

san francisco

2016

hills and trees, skyscrapers and night clubs, diversity and innovation

yosemite valley

2016

camping and exploring, the duality of nature, dominance and grandness

ladakh, india

2015

solo travels, hitchhiking and homestays, snow-clad mountains