preferred pronouns: she/her/hers dob: 11.29.1996 places i consider home: santa clara, california & bangalore, india & sunny san diegohobbies: reading, writing, hiking, binge watching tv shows, napping
Hi! My name is Uma and I was born in November 1996 to a young, immigrant couple from India. I was born and raised in California up until 2008 when my family moved to India. I went to high school there but decided I wanted to pursue higher education in the States. I committed to UC San Diego in 2014 and my family moved back to California. I entered as a Bioengineering: Bioinformatics major, added a Cognitive Science minor at the end of my freshman year, changed that to a Design minor (that's a fun story for another time) at the end of my junior year, and will be graduating in Spring 2019!
I am passionate about technology, biology, design, research, STEM, education, and any combination of the previously listed. I care deeply about the environment along with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and movements. I enjoy spending time outdoors, discovering new music (and then listening to the same song on repeat for hours), listening to my favorite podcasts and NPR, reading good books, and attempting to turn my thoughts in to poetry.
I'm currently interning at Thermo Fisher Scientific at their Mass Spectrometry facility until the end of this year. I'm working closely with the Instrument Control Software Team in the R&D division of the company with Rajesh Raina, Jacob Schwartz, and Vane Sanghvi. I've gotten the chance to work on a number of projects and get involved within the company.
I've also been spending time working on building my front end development skills through this website and other side projects! I'm involved with #BUILTBYGIRLS for this season of their WAVE program and I'm looking forward to attending Grace Hopper at the end of this month.
Reading: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang
Listening to: Be Somebody by Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Kiiara
Thinking about: Christine Blasey Ford, the water crisis, Grace Hopper, Avatar the Last Airbender (in live action!)