About Me

👨‍💻 I'm a tech enthusiast with a keen interest in software technologies. My passion for problem-solving and improving people's lives drives me to always look for innovative and impactful solutions.

💡 I believe that the "next big thing" often comes from the cutting edge of technology. Consequently, I dedicate my time to uncovering and addressing real-world problems that require application of the latest software technologies.

🌐 My ongoing exploration of new tech landscapes sharpens my skills and allows me to contribute fresh solutions in our fast-paced digital world.

💼 I'm committed to cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset throughout my software development journey, focusing on maximizing impact.

🚀 To achieve this, I consistently prioritize understanding and empathizing with users, effectively defining problems, articulating solutions, actively seeking and incorporating user feedback, and proactively identifying and capitalizing on promising opportunities.

Experience and Education

January 2022

Software Engineer

I joined Citrix the first Monday of 2022, right after graduating mid-December in 2021. I have always wanted to write code as a professional Software Engineer, and Citrix has given me the opportunity to do this work alongside some extremely talented and motivated people. I keep improving and learning something new every single day!

December 2021

👨🏽‍🎓 Graduated with Highest Distinction

I graduated with a degree in Computer Science along with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Not only have I gained cutting-edge technical knowledge and connected with world-class professors in the fields of Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, I am also forever grateful to this university for my education in the liberal arts - it has been nothing short of an eye-opening experience, and has given me an entirely new way to perceive the world.

May 2021

Software Development Intern

This summer internship gave me a taste of what professional software development looks like. I worked with cutting-edge technologies like Helm and Kubernetes, Terraform, Jenkins, Hashicorp Vault, React and TypeScript, .NET Core, Microsoft Azure, and Splunk. By the end of this stint, I had developed an end-to-end proof-of-concept feature for the company with an expected 25,000+ monthly active users by writing backend integrations with third-party SaaS cloud storage APIs (Google Drive and OneDrive/SharePoint Online), an aggregation microservice, and UI code to display a unified list of recent files within the flagship Citrix Workspace product.

Nov 2020

Joined the Shuford Program

I applied for, and got accepted into the highly selective Shuford Program for a Minor in Entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill! According to UNC, it is the only undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country that is housed within a College of Arts and Sciences, which allows a diversity of thought and perspectives from many different majors across the College.

Jun 2020

Virtual Tech Camp Instructor

I interned as an online instructor at iD Tech Camps for two months, where I provided top-notch STEM education by teaching Java, Minecraft Modding, Python for Data Science, and C++.

Nov 2019

Started GDG Chapel Hill

When I came to Chapel Hill, I found that there were very few avenues outside of UNC's campus to connect with the developer community. I figured there will be many people in Chapel Hill wanting a community experience like many cities with big tech companies do - regular events on the latest and greatest tech tools, a supportive environment where people help boost each other's careers, the list goes on! I found that Google Developers had a global program for just that! In no time, I applied for the GDG program with a friend of mine, and got our chapter up and running!

Aug 2019

Joined UNC-Chapel Hill

How can I miss the opportunity to study at one of the oldest Computer Science departments in the world? Filled with curiosity and ambition, I decided to transfer out from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) at Vellore, India to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am extremely grateful to my family and the professors at VIT who encouraged and helped me in so many ways throughout this journey.

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May 2019

Full-Stack PHP Web Developer Intern

I interned for two months at Global BizConnect, a tech startup in my hometown of Vadodara, India that focuses on web development for small businesses. There, I got to build two websites from scratch using PHP and MySQL to add to the company's portfolio - an e-learning website, and a job portal.

July 2018

Promoted to Project Team

In my sophomore year at VIT university, I was promoted to be a part of the project team at the ISA-VIT student chapter. There, I collaborated with other members by helping organize technical workshops, even lectured in some of those workshops, and also took part on behalf of the chapter in national-level hackathons.

Nov 2017

Joined ISA-VIT Chapter

At the end of my first semester at VIT university, I decided that I wanted to join a technical chapter on campus. I found out about ISA and the amazing work on Robotics and IoT that they had been doing, and immediately applied. A technical exam, three Group Discussion rounds, and an interview later, I became a core committee member! ISA-VIT became like a family away from home for me. During my first semester at ISA-VIT, I did extensive door-to-door marketing work, helping the chapter gain about 25 registrations by for their annual technical mega-fest, SPARK 2018.

Jul 2017

CSE at VIT University

I started my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore, India. At VIT, I developed great friendships, excelled in my academics, had tons of fun, won a hackathon, and finished in the top 10 in academics by the end of my second year.

Jun 2017

Graduated High School

I spent the entirety of my childhood (K-12) at this school - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's in Vadodara, India. Great memories and friendships that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Photo Gallery

A few memorable snaps from my life!

Audio Podcast

In the following audio podcast, I will answer the following questions:

  1. What personal experiences define you the most?
  2. What is a recent setback and how did you overcome it?
  3. What would you do specifically if you did not have to worry about money?

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