Akhil Rao

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akhilrao_mountabuHello, My name is Akhil Rao and welcome to my small personal space in this huge world wide web. I am currently doing Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and I did my Bachelor of Technology from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Mumbai majoring in Electronics Engineering. I worked as a Software Engineer for Cisco Systems for 2 years since August 2013 before joining NCSU for Masters. I am also a small-time Android Developer and was a Google Summer of Code 2012 student for KomodoOpenLab. You can download my resume from here.

Since childhood, I was interested in Maths and Science. I enjoy solving problems especially when it poses a good challenge. Engineering was an obvious career choice. My dream is to use my engineering and problem solving skills to make the world a better place to live. I also like to tinker around with stuff and discover new things. I also dream of being an inventor and invent something really cool !!! This quote from Nikola Tesla sums up my philosophy and motivation towards creativity and engineering —

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

Programming is the most versatile tool in my toolbox that I believe will drive me towards accomplishment of my goals. I started programming since I was 16 as part of my coursework in Junior College (High School).  It was just HTML, JavaScript and some VB6 at that time. Over the course of next 5-6 years, I picked up C/C++, Java, Python and numerous other technologies.  At this point in life, I have worked on Android App Development, Basic Web Development, Web Development using fancy web frameworks like Django, Spring MVC and to some extent Rails, Embedded platforms like Beagleboard xM and AVR, Robotics , Test Automation etc. With every experience I have learned something new and most importantly had a lot of fun doing it. I also enjoy solving algorithmic problems like the ones hosted on spoj and topcoder.

My current interests lie in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Its a relatively new field with extraction of knowledge at its heart. The knowledge so extracted is then used to get incredible insights that could potentially be used to solve many problems. It harbors a lot of scope for innovation and with the size of data in petabytes,  processing such data to get meaningful information is a huge challenge. Besides, with problem types like regression, predicting future stock market prices (reasonably accurate of course)  is a pretty cool skill to have !!!!!

Apart from coding, I love reading books especially spy novels, classics and some non-fiction. I also love listening to music especially Rock and its variants like Heavy Metal, Nu Metal , Classic Rock etc. I recently took up learning guitar as a hobby (Just a novice if you are wondering). Youtube is such a great learning resource for such things. It gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace and your own curriculum.  I love travelling as well especially place which have some amazing history associated with them. I would also love to take up photography, if time permits.

So, if you read through this rant, stick around and feel free to browse through some of my work. Here is my resume

If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to do so through any of the following avenues

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