Spring 2012 Jonsson School Graduates

Glasgow

Evan Glasgow
BS, Electrical Engineering

Mcgregor

Molly McGregor
BS, Mechanical Engineering

folloder

Charles Gibson
BS, Computer Science

Shaikh

Adil Shaikh
BS, Computer Science

Le

Duc Le
BS, Computer Science

Castaneda

Kendra Castañeda
BS, Software Engineering

Swetha

Shwetha Ravikumar
BS, Software Engineering

Walker

Adrian Walker
BS, Software Engineering

Nijem

Nour Nijem
PhD, Materials Science

Vani

Vani Gopalakrishna
PhD, Electrical Enfineering

Neda

Neda Alipanah
PhD, Computer Science

Anjan

Anjan Panneer Selvam
MS, Biomedical Engineering

Allison Sullivan

Allison Sullivan
BS, Software Engineering

Pragun Gupta

Pragun Gupta
BS, Computer Science

Devansh Trivedi

Devansh Trivedi
BS, Electrical Engineering

David Chialastri

David Chialastri
BS, Mechanical Engineering


ShwethaShwetha Ravikumar

Major:
I chose software engineering because I have a passion for technology and innovation.

Future Plans:
I will be working for HP (Hewlett Packard) as a Software Developer.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I really enjoyed working in teams on various projects. Specifically, Senior Design where my team and I created a Blackberry Application for RIM (Research In Motion), it was a great collaborative experience. Additionally, I had the opportunity to compete in the National BattleBots IQ my freshman year with the Robotics Club.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
I would like to thank Jerry Alexander for his support and guidance during my term as the President of the Society of Women Engineers. He has truly inspired me to be a successful leader.

Extracurricular interests:
I like to perform with my dance club at UT Dallas, and I am active in sports, such as swimming and badminton. I have done various internships, which have been a rewarding and fun experience.

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GlasgowEvan Glasgow

Major:
I have an Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering double major. I chose my degree because I've always been interested in robotics and I thought EE/CE would give me a very broad knowledge set that I could pull from in the future. In particular, I've always been interested in how computers can perceive the real world and EE/CE would give me the knowledge I need to understand these sensor systems.

Future Plans:
I have been accepted to, and will be attending, Carnegie Mellon University for their MS in Robotics Systems Development program.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I really enjoyed the senior design experience. I had the privilege to be on one of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) projects, which fell right in line with my passion for robotics. The hands-on experience and having the chance to design our own new system was extremely beneficial. After all the courses spent learning how to be an engineer, it was rewarding to finally be able to apply it.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Dr. Randall Lehmann. He was a great teacher and I really enjoyed his RF course, but I think was really inspired me were all of his side-stories. He would always start off class with a word like, "respect," and would share a story of his time as an engineer in industry and how that word helped him out in a certain situation. He didn't just teach us – he taught us how to be better engineers.

Extracurricular interests:
I always enjoyed my involvement with the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) student organization. I had a great time learning more about microcontrollers and electronics there that really apply to the robotics field. I was actually the President of the organization this past year and we spent the year working on building an autonomous quadcopter.

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GibsonCharles Gibson

Major:
I chose computer science because I liked programming, mathematical logic, and tinkering with technology seems to be a natural fit for me, long before I realized it could be lucrative. Various computer science and technology in general fascinate me as well as their impact upon everyone's lives.

Future Plans:
My personal hopes are to marry, have children, with a job I enjoy. Career-wise, I ultimately hope to work on multiple aspects of a single projects in systems integration and architecture and have interests in business infrastructure, cloud computing, exasperating systems, and virtualization. Working with customers and people from multiple countries professionally, especially face-to-face are also valued professional experiences.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
It is mentally stimulating to learn new things and solve thought-provoking problems. This is especially true when group of high-achieving students can collaborate on very challenging problems, which greatly accelerates learning and enthusiasm, on the rare occasion that computer science instructors assign such work.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Several instructors have inspired me in different ways at multiple points in my academic career. Instructors who fall into the category are generally very enthusiastic, intelligent, and great lecturers and teachers. They do not settle for mediocracy, and have high, yet reasonable expectations. Ivor Page and Dr. Chandrasekaran are good instructors in the UTD computer science program. Dr. Page's extracurricular involvement to push students to become proficient problem solvers and programmers is greatly appreciated by many students.

Extracurricular interests:
Spending time with my closest friends and my girlfriend give life meaning. I also enjoy keeping a tropical freshwater community aquarium (fish) and bicycling. Sword fighting and science fiction are enjoyable when I can find time outside of coursework and extracurricular activities.

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LeDuc le

Major:
Computer science was the right fit for me because I've always been interested in computing.

Future Plans:
I'm doing my PhD in computer science at the University of Michigan. After that I'm hoping to get a research position in either industry or academia.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I really enjoyed the breadth of courses to choose from.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Vincent Ng who taught artificial intelligence courses and machine learning. After taking his classes, I was sure about going to graduate school.

Extracurricular interests:
Table tennis, soccer, travelling, and eating out.

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CastanedaKendra Castañeda

Major:
I'm getting computer science and software engineering degrees. I had always enjoyed learning new things about technology, which made computer science an almost obvious choice after I took it in high school. I chose to also pursue software engineering after taking the course at UT Dallas, since I realized I had a greater interest and passion in being able to be in every step of the software lifecycle—especially the beginning phases.

Future Plans:
I hope to be able to succeed in my post-graduation job at Fidelity Investments as Associate Systems Analyst, learn even more about my field, and become an invaluable asset to Fidelity Investments. In addition, I hope that my current pet project, "Bear Wars," is finished and released in the Google Play market.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I have enjoyed being able to use the skills that I have learned at UT Dallas, and put them into practice during my CS Project. I was also thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Rockwell Collins on said project. It's an amazing feeling to be able to put all of my previous and current knowledge in a bigger project than those given in class but also realizing that much more knowledge and skills are needed when working on industry projects.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Dr. Janell Straach inspired me by showing me that you can always gain more professional experiences and continue loving your career. She is also an example that women are able to make it in the industry and that more should continue joining.

Extracurricular interests:
Apart from being involved with the Student Chapter of ACM at UTD, I'm currently very involved in developing a game for Android called Bear Wars with four other students from UTD. I've also enjoyed being able to put my skills to work on a non-school related project. It's exciting to see how our efforts are giving our game shape and hopefully will be releasing in June. I also spend my time cake decorating and baking. I did student teaching through the UTeach program; it was a fun experience to be able to teach math and science topics to young kids from elementary through high school.

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WalkerAdrian Walker

Major:
I am majoring in software engineering, which I chose because I not only wanted to improve my programming skills, but also learn the software design process.

Future Plans:
I have accepted an offer with Tata Consultancy Services and will start working for them in Summer 2012. I hope to one day start my own software development firm.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I have enjoyed meeting and studying with like-minded engineers, not just in my major, but all the ECS majors. There is a high number of talented individuals in just one school.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Jerry Alexander's skill at meeting and knowing as many students and faculty as possible has inspired me to meet more people and network whenever possible.

Extracurricular interests:
I like to play video games that do something different with a genre or that combine two genres, like the platform-puzzle games. I also sometimes compose my own music tracks. I hope to invest in a small music studio after I graduate.

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ShwethaNour Nijem

Major:
Materials science and engineering. I chose my degree because I am interested in developing materials and understanding mechanisms for the purposes of renewable energy.

Future Plans:
I hope to continue in academia, I plan to do a postdoc for few years then plan to apply for a faculty research position.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I enjoyed most of my classes but especially quantum mechanics and solid state physics.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Dr. Yves Chabal, my PhD advisor, inspired me by his passion for science, and I decided to follow in his footsteps.

Extracurricular interests:
I like going to movies.

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McgregorMolly McGregor

Major:
Mechanical engineering. My dad is an engineer and it seemed like a good career, especially since I really like math and science.

Future Plans:
I'm going to graduate school at UT Dallas via the Fast Track program.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
Being around my classmates

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Dr. Walter Voit was inspirational to me because has done so much, including owning his own business. He is also very well known and respected.

Extracurricular interests:
I enjoy traveling, sports, and visiting my family.

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VaniVani Gopalakrishna

Major:
Master's degree in electrical engineering. My research work was very interesting to me, so I decided to continue in the same field for my PhD.

Future Plans:
I hope to apply the concepts and methods which I have learnt to solve the problems when I start my career in the industry.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
Taking new courses was fun, but I was most interested in the research work.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
My advisor Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz was the the faculty member I was closest to, and he was my inspiration. He is very well organized, and always ready to discuss new things and teach, and more importantly he can understand a student's point of view in many situations

Extracurricular interests:
Although graduate students do not have much time for a lot of outside activities, watching a movie with friends was my favorite thing to do.

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NedaNeda Alipanah

Major:
Computer science was my major and I chose it because I was always amazed to see the improvements that computers can make in our life.

Future Plans:
I want to use my knowledge and expertise in a very practical and useful field like medical domain.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
My academics, specifically research, was my favorite part of the academic experience at UT Dallas.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
My supervisor, Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, is most inspirational to me. She has dedicated her life to do research, and she is a very successful female professor.

Extracurricular interests:
I enjoy music and sports.

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AnjanAnjan Panneer Selvam

Major:
I majored in biomedical engineering. My interest in life is to work at intersection of technologies, which can help improve the state of health care. But I also have more personal reasons for studying biomedical engineering. My mother suffered from kidney disease, and I would like to use my education here to eventually work on disease detection by creating biomedical micro devices.

Future Plans:
I have joined the graduate program at UT Dallas for pursuing my PhD in biomedical engineering under Dr. Shalini Prasad.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
My academic studies at UTD have been phenomenal. Every course here provided me an entirely different learning experience and helped improve the skills necessary for me to be successful in research or industry. Important courses such as biomedical micro devices, systems biology, modeling and simulation, biostatistics and protein engineering gave me a deep insight into fundamental and basic areas where innovation is possible and how engineering can be applied to it.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Although each faculty member in the Bioengineering Department possesses unique and exceptional qualities, I have been honored to work with Dr. Shalini Prasad and Dr. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar. The strength of faculty within the department as a whole has helped me modify my thinking process and Dr. Prasad has given me many opportunities to create and innovate.

Extracurricular interests:
I play pocket billiards and enjoy nature photography. I had never played billiards until I came to UTD, but picked up on it quickly, and I enjoy it very much.

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ShaikhAdil Shaikh

Major:
Computer science is my major. I was interested in computers initially, and after reading the informational and visiting UT Dallas, I thought CS was right for me.

Future Plans:
I want to get some work experience first, then enter graduate school to pursue a law degree at a top-tier school.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
The people I've had the chance to meet, my interactions with the professors, and just the network of people I've connected to over the years have been very positive. The most important aspect of my academic career at UTD was that it taught me the basics and gave me an overview of my field. The true lesson it taught me was how to learn. Everything else I've been able to pick up along the way using information I know about technology and concepts taught in my classes.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Drs. Miguel Razo, Ovidiu Daescu, and Shyam Karrah. All three gave knowledge and taught their courses very well, leaving me with knowledge that I've been able to apply in not only my interviews, but also my actual work field. Dr. Razo in particular was very helpful in senior design, giving my team and I valuable knowledge and direction with our project.

Extracurricular interests:
My interests include volunteering—a passion I actually picked up at UT Dallas after going to various events of the Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV). I now volunteer with multiple organizations throughout Dallas.

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SullivanAllison Sullivan

Major:
Software engineering, because I went through most of high school uncertain about what I would do in college. Eventually, I took a computer science course at my high school and never looked back. I decided to go with software engineering for a major after evaluating the differences with the computer science track.

Future Plans:
I will start my PhD in software engineering in the fall. After that, I either want to do industry research and start making the innovations we see all around us. Or I want to get together with a group of friends and start our own business.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I have enjoyed all of the unexpected people I got to meet. Group projects have introduced me to friends from all kinds of backgrounds. Classes are filled with a mixture of people. Some came straight from high school like I did and others came back after years in industry. When discussing the software process in classes, I really enjoyed the contributions from the people actively in the field. There are also people from many different cultures. Through getting to know them, I was exposed to their different perspectives on life. It really added learning experience outside of the coursework.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Although many professors have inspired me over the semesters, I'd have to say Dr. Ravi Prakash. I really respected the way he taught the class this semester. He is a great lecturer and is able to convey the complex material in such a manner that it is easy to pick up on.

Extracurricular interests:
I love to go camping/hiking. It is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life. Sometimes there isn't even cell phone service, so work and school really can't follow you around. I have also recently gotten into long distance running and I am currently preparing to do a marathon. I am also a big fan of just sitting around with a group of friends. Life can become pretty stressful but playing random games with friends or simply eating lunch together is a great way around that.

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PragunPragun Gupta

Major:
I majored in computer science because I always liked math and science as a kid. In high school I took computer science as my elective and found it really interesting, and I like the fact that my degree is helpful in almost every industry out there, from defense to medical. Even though it's a very technical field, there is always room for creativity and new information, so one can never stop learning.

Future Plans:
I will be working as a Software Engineer for Fidelity Investments beginning in July.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I really enjoyed my time at UTD because the educational system here does not just focus on academics, but also encourages the students to take part in different activities. I especially liked being part of organizations where I could meet new people, which not only helped make new friends, but also gave me the opportunities to network and build leadership skills. Thanks to this, I had wonderful college life, which was comprised of excellent experiences in both academics and leadership areas.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
There are many professors whom I find inspiring, but one of my favorite professors at UT Dallas was Dr. Greg Ozbirn for Data Structures and Algorithms. I really liked the way he taught the subject. Data Structures is considered to be one of the most difficult and important topics in Computer Science, but he made it one of the most interesting subjects.

Extracurricular interests:
I like travelling, dancing. We started a dance group at UT Dallas and used to perform in and around campus. I also enjoy reading and trying different cuisines and activities.

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TrivediDevansh Trivedi

Major:
My major is Electrical Engineering, and I also attained the minor in Nanoscience. I chose my degree because I believed it would expose me to the fundamentals of technology that were not as intuitive as they tend to be with some other fields. I also wanted to gain a well-balanced understanding of how people design many of the things we use today and will make in the future.

Future Plans:
I will be working for Raytheon post graduation, however my ultimate aim is to go to medical school with an emphasis on biomedical engineering.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
I really enjoyed some classes along the way. The class I felt that integrated some of the most interesting concepts was electronic devices. As the semiconductor industry is deeply entrenched in all fields, this course gave us important basics toward expanding future applications and technology.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
I really enjoyed teachers in my higher-level classes. Dr. Walker, Dr. Wallace, Dr. Bordelon, and Dr.Henderson were most encouraging and inspiring in supporting and pushing me forward toward my goals.

Extracurricular interests:
I helped run a student organization called BENG, and participated in a few student organizations pertaining to medicine including HOSA and Molding Doctors.

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ChalastriDavid Chialastri

Major:
Mechanical engineering. I felt that an engineering degree would a good way to pursue my interests in both math and science, and by choosing mechanical engineering my options are open with respect to a direction for my career.

Future Plans:
I hope to find a job doing CAD or finite element analysis for an automotive, aerospace, or other mechanical company.

Best UT Dallas Experiences:
My senior design project has been a fun and challenging combination of all of my previous course material that has also taught me much about group work. The goal was to create 36 robots that have chess pieces mounted onto their frames. These robots will mimic the moves made by two people playing a digital game to provide a large-scale representation of the digital game.

Inspirational faculty mentor:
Dr. Walter Voit taught me thermodynamics and materials science. These classes were very interesting, and the way Dr. Voit gave lectures was excellent because he had a very insightful understanding of the material that he could pass on to the students.

Extracurricular interests:
Spending time with my friends playing board games and just generally having fun.

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