Prasad

Track:
Biomechanics

 

Hometown:
Branchburg, NJ

 

Class standing:
Senior

 

About me:
About me: I’ve lived in New Jersey for the majority of my life. I like to read mangas, watch gritty sci fi movies, and play League of Legends! Game development was a big deal for me in high school, but after developing a simple remote controlled robot in high school I knew an engineering discipline was more of my passion (one of the first classes I took at NJIT was designing a robotic surgery using LEGO MindStorms)

I have done some undergraduate research at NJIT and I have worked outside of NJIT. I am an Albert Dorman Honors College member, a member of BMES, IEEE, and Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society.

 

Why I chose to attend NJIT:
Before college I attended the NJIT STEP Program (http://cs.njit.edu/STEP/index.php) and the Panasonic Design Challenge (http://www.njit.edu/precollege/competitions/panasonic.php) as a high school student. VERY exciting programs that taught me a lot! The first thing I remembered was the campus, I felt like wouldn’t get lost in it, which is important to me because I have absolutely no sense of direction. I was granted some scholarships which also helped me decide to go, but regardless NJIT is very cost effective.

 

What I like best about NJIT:
There are many opportunities for research and work around NJIT. The Enterprise Development Center is an nearby incubator where a lot of small businesses hire undergraduates from different backgrounds. I was able to get hired as an application developer during my course load at NJIT, and after class I would walk over to the EDC and do my duties there, 6 courses and 20hr/wk was very manageable this way. Some professors also have funding for research that they do as well.

But even if you don’t get paid, some professors just let you play with their equipment because they don’t have the time to use it. And this is pretty expensive equipment too like Kinect sensors, wii motes, thousand dollar eeg acquisition tools!

 

My goals for after I graduate:
I want to remain in academic research working alongside doctors in the pursuit of better medical diagnostic techniques, specifically for neurological disease. But I don’t think my understanding of probability theory and data analysis in general is very strong, so I want to develop expertise in the fields of information theory and probability/machine learning.

 

My advice to prospective students interested in Biomedical Engineering at NJIT:
An engineering discipline will develop your ability to abstract problems. You will learn to break down very complicated problems not just through ad hoc techniques but also programmatically. You will learn to develop in depth lab reports in a group environment. 

 But I wouldn’t say that everyone develops these skills, and usually those that do not are the first to blame the college or the course quality. You get as much educational value out of a course as you put into that course, so actively learn in the class. Ask questions, read and watch material from different sources (youtube is your friend), discuss with your classmates. Chances are many people have the same question you have!

It’s a very disappointing feeling to sit in a classroom for an hour and half (that’s the typical length of a course at NJIT) and not understand anything that was lectured. It’s a waste of time really, both your time and the professor’s. 

I wonder if there are any papers on the social dynamics of hand raising in classrooms…

 

Ask me about BME@NJIT!