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Harrison Douglass

Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School


Ashok Vardhan Raja


PhD Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

My name is Ashok Vardhan Raja, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University under prof. Jiawei Yuan. I am originally from Chennai, India. I did my undergraduate in Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana. After I finished my undergraduate, I wanted to explore more in Computer-Software field and decided to do my Masters in Cybersecurity Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During my Master's program, my passion for research in the areas of Cybersecurity, Machine Learning grew. New problems excite me and motivate me to find cutting edge solutions in the Cybersecurity and Machine learning field. I did my Masters thesis in the above-mentioned area and as a testament to the research work, the results got published in AIAA and IEEE journal and conference papers. Every day what drives me is the results obtained from experiments. During this process, I learn about new and interesting areas which lie outside the scope of my research area. Apart from research and academics, I like music – I am trained in Indian classical singing, reading books, swimming and watch movies. I am currently keeping my options open for the future (being in academia or work as a researcher in a company) as I enjoy this journey of conducting research and discovering something new


Amaan Usmani


Student pursuing a BS Program with Virginia Commonwealth University

Amaan is pursuing a BS degree with a major in Biology and track of pre-med in Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Amaan is passionate about life and life sciences. He takes an immense interest in how living things work. Conversations with him are usually full of tidbits and fun-facts about the inner workings of animals and plants. Amaan wants to become a doctor. On his spare time, he loves to read books, play games and spend time with his younger siblings. He also has his a set of pet fish at home that he has grown from 2 to 30+ while carefully researching all aspects of their care.


Akash Barathan


Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School

I am a senior in high school, currently studying at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, otherwise known as TJHSST. I have many passions and interests, academic wise and more. On the STEM side, I am passionate about Biology and Chemistry, as well as biomedical studies and machinery. This is because these subjects are complex and enjoyable.  I have interests in many other activities, such as chess, tennis (which I competitively play), and boxing. As I progress, I would like to attend college or university and get a bachelor’s degree while pursuing the pre-medical path. After this, I will likely attend medical school in order to obtain a Medical Degree and become a physician, as I very much interested in this field and its dynamic nature.

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