A lil bit about me
This is Priyanka - a quick summary about myself - I was born and raised in a lovely city named Chennai. I did my undergraduate in electronics and computer engineering, during which I worked as an intern with various places such as National University of Singapore (Data Privacy), Google (Data Privacy), Stanford Robotics Lab & NASA (GPS lead for an open source satellite), etc.
Most of my work in that period entailed building smart and intelligent computing systems. Eventually I got curious about the smartest and most intelligent system in the world - the Brain and started exploring computational neuroscience.
During this same period I was also stuck at home during the pandemic while I had the incredible opportunity to see my little sister blow our minds off with her amazing art. Her artistic prowess in the digital space inspired me to explore various opportunities to leverage her skill set during which we were both exposed to NFTs. As she built her career as an artist I had the honour of seeing, participating and mentoring the whole process behind the scene. This gave me major insights on the creator and community economy and NFTs in general. The process of how the blockchain and it’s virtues could radically changed the life of a simple 14 year old kid stuck in a room in South India. On the side we did a tonne of flipping, collecting, philanthropy drops and cool tech based art.
Happy to chat about all things NFTs, creative experiences, communities, creators and the state of the economy in general.
Ps: At the moment I am an EE major with Stanford & President of the Stanford Blockchain Club.
September 2021 - August 2023
Would be starting as a graduate student at Stanford University. I hope to work on computational neuroscience problems and hopefully contribute towards an impactful future.
VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
June 2016 - June 2020
Graduated with my B.Tech degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering (ECM) scoring 9.25/10 CGPA. Also held the office of the Program Representative of ECM during academic year 2017 -18.
SACRED HEART, CHURCH PARK
June 2003 - April 2016
Passed out with 96% in higher secondary school examination. Was an active member of the debate club and received merit and all-rounder certificates for both academics extracurricular activites. Was given the best out going student award for the computer science department.
Where I've worked/am working
May 2022 - Present
STANFORD BLOCKCHAIN CLUB
Would be leading the Blockchain club at Stanford as it's President for the year. Primarily focusing on adding research and education pillars in addition to overseeing the accelerator and governance teams.
March 2022 - Present
Working as a creative technologist in building interesting experiences for communities using purely on blockchain technologies.
March 2021 - Present
Working as a strategy manager for a 14 year old NFT (Non-Fungible Token) artist. Strategised to gross over 1 Million USD (300 ETH) - 700% growth in 8 months. My role entails,
Advising on the technical stack of blockchain and cryptocurrencies,
Managing inputs from cross functional teams such as financial advisors, lawyers,
Overseeing major art launches and assisting with creative content creation.
September 2021 - Present
Working as a research assistant with Dr. Mark Schnitzer and his group on applying computational neuroscience techniques such as deep learning to understand the future prediction in the brain.
October 2020 - September 2021
Worked with Dr. Williams PanLab of Stanford University's Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness.
October 2020 - September 2021
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Worked as a Computational Neuroscience research engineering intern with Dr. Bensmaia Lab. Worked on simulating and building intuitions on how proprioception encodes with cutaneous inputs to form stereognosis.
October 2019 - July 2020
Google, Munich, Germany
Worked as an intern with Google, Munich. Teams and projects I worked on are,
Privacy and Data Protection – Worked on local differential privacy algorithms and their implementations.
Corporate Engineering – Worked on data mining, implementation and project management of a dashboard for visualising various performance metrics of the TechStop.
July 2019 - August 2019
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Worked on an MPTCP based privacy breach avoidance system for IP cameras under Dr. Mohan Gurusamy, school of computing.
Super outdated - new ones coming soon...
Word on the Street
Priyanka was able to ramp up in an astonishingly short period of time. She read scientific papers as well as books on differential privacy to understand the nuances on running these protocols on device. Most importantly, she did a great job implementing local differential privacy schemes alongside the researchers inventing them. Finally, she's a great teammate and it was a joy to work with her.