Welcome Incoming CS Student, Vineetha Paruchuri

On October 10, 2013 by Grad Forum

vineetha_thumbnailThe Graduate Forum would like to introduce another new student who has joined Dartmouth this fall. Vineetha Paruchuri, originally from India, is pursuing her master’s in the Department of Computer Science.

Paruchuri is interested in applying computer science to solve everyday problems like power shortages and traffic jams. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked at GE Global Research, and later at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science, before deciding to pursue an advanced degree in computer science. To help gain a better perspective about the cross-domain challenges involved in energy/environment and technology policy, she pursued relevant research at the National Law School of India University, which ended with a thesis on “Technology Policy Changes That Could Promote Alternate Energy Adoption in Developing Nations.”

Paruchuri chose Dartmouth because “there’s some awesome research happening in the Department of Computer Science, and it would help me gain the technical depth to explore interdisciplinary PhD options later on.” She wants to explore the applications of computer science to real-world problems involving public policy, energy, environment, and healthcare.

Apart from academics, Paruchuri has an interest in the arts and literature. A conversation with her would not be complete without her quoting Kurt Vonnegut or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. She regularly visits the Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum for “inner peace.” She was the lead singer and songwriter in a rock band during college, although she claims that now it is codes and algorithms that are humming in her head rather than rock music!

Paruchuri has so far enjoyed her time in Hanover, and at Dartmouth in particular, because of the “diverse peer group, brilliant professors and beautiful campus.”

by Shyna Khurana

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