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Challa, Anupama Padmavathi

Anupama Challa
Major: 
Computer Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

My first-year area of interest is research. I intend to pursue a graduate degree, and I value all potential research experience. Beyond that, I look forward to the prospect of working closely with a faculty mentor, which I believe to be one of the most unique and valuable opportunities RISE offers.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

My second-year area of interest is entrepreneurship. One of my aspirations is to create or join a startup. According to the MTech website, UMD is the #1 public university for technology entrepreneurship, and I would like to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
I am a highly involved with the Honors College program, Gemstone, as a member of Team TESLA. I am also a twice-elected member of the University Senate, in which I am a member of the Senate Executive Committee. 
What is your cool engineering experience?: 

I’ve had four internships, two at the Applied Physics Laboratory as a high schooler, and two at the University of Maryland, working in the Institute for Systems Research’s ARC Lab. The first year at the ARC Lab consisted of work with gesture detection and recognition with a Microsoft Kinect. This past summer, I worked on obstacle detection through use of an Android mobile application, with the intention of creating a collaborative robotic network to enable Simulataneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM).