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I am a software engineer at Microsoft on the Cortana team within AI and Research division. I graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, focusing on artificial intelligence and human computer interaction. My interests lie in the intersection of technology and business, and I enjoy machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, universal design, accessibility and assistive technologies. My past experience includes internships at IBM Research, Microsoft and Uber, as well as research experience with Stanford HCI group.
I am passionate about using technology to bring about positive change, and have worked on several projects and initiatives over the years to empower people with disabilities. I founded project STEMAccess in 2013 that provides resources, support and mentorship for blind math and science students in India. Recently, in 2017, I alongwith some other blind math and science students in India launched I-Stem that expands on this work, focusing on advocacy and research to enhance STEM accessibility. In 2016, I also co-founded an award-winning social venture NextBillion.org, a mentorship program for students with disabilities interested in tech. So far, we have completed over 85 mentorships across 10 countries.
In recognition of my technical skills and social initiatives, I've been honored with several national and international awards and scholarship including the Queen's Young Leaders Award 2016 presented by Her Majesty the Queen (60 young leaders from across 53 commonwealth countries), Dalai Lama Fellowship, Google Lime Scholarship (for excellence in CS), Lime Connect Fellowship (20 students from across the US), National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements (India's highest honor for young achievers), among others. As a member of UNICEF's Youth Council, I also work closely with the UN, sharing my views at several international conferences (including the 70th session of UN General Assembly), besides being recognized as a UNICEF Digital Champion and being elected to the Expert Panel on Technology and Education by the UN Special Envoy on Global Education.
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