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Bio


I'm an innovative thinker and entrepreneur with a passion for virtual and augmented reality technology. I am currently employed as Applications Engineer at an interactive digital agency called X Studios in Winter Park, FL. I have over 3 years of experience working as an intern as well as a software developer at an established technology firm in the industry. During my internship, I attended Monmouth University where I majored in Software Engineering and then Drexel University where I majored in Interactive Digital Media. In addition, I recently completed the Udacity VR Developer Nanodegree program and plan to pursue additional certifications to improve my skills and become the best at what I do.

In my free time, I enjoy experimenting with new technologies under the name Virtual InSynergy. Virtual InSynergy is a company I founded to showcase my experiments involving VR/AR user interfaces and to create innovative software that will transform how we live, work, and play in the future. I am passionate about the future of human computer interaction and how virtual and augmented reality technology will bring us closer to our devices and improve our daily lives.

Ever since I got my first Oculus Rift development kit, I've spent the majority of my time focused on bringing virtual reality to the masses. I started by teaching myself how to create virtual reality applications using the Unity game engine. Shortly after, I served as one of the founders and organizers of a virtual reality meetup group in Philadelphia called VR Philly. My interests outside of work include tennis, baseball, singing, and participating in hackathons where I develop innovative software that has the potential to improve lives. My most notable hackathon award was winning the Grand Prize at PennApps XIV for SpeakAR, an augmented reality application for the Microsoft Hololens that allowed deaf people to visualize and understand spoken word. I hope to change the world using this technology and inspire others to do the same.

 

 

Awards


Accelerate Health Tech Award

Date: Feb 2017  

Issuer: Dr. Anita Gupta

• Developed SimulatOR app for Oculus Rift + Touch
• Allowed medical professionals to participate in safety procedures in the operating room without ever leaving their homes
• Awarded 1st Place at Philly Codefest 2017

 

 

Best Collaborative Hack

Date: Feb 2017

Issuer: Philly Codefest

• Developed SimulatOR app for Oculus Rift + Touch
• Collaborated with doctors to gain insight and knowledge into their profession
• Awarded Grand Prize at Philly Codefest 2017

 

 

Best Human Well Being App

Date: Oct 2016  

Issuer: Reality Virtually

• Developed StudyVR app for HTC Vive
• Taught students the concept of pressure via haptics and interactive simulations
• Awarded 1st Place at Reality Virtually Hackathon 2016

 

 

Grand Prize

Date: Sep 2016

Issuer: University of Pennsylvania

• Developed SpeakAR app for Microsoft Hololens
• Allowed deaf people to visualize and understand spoken word using voice recognition and animated gifs
• Awarded Grand Prize at PennApps XIV

• Flown out to Facebook Campus in Menlo Park, CA to participate in Facebook Global Hackathon
 

 

 

Best Medical Hack

Date: Apr 2016  

Issuer: Merck

• Developed PTVR app for Oculus DK2 + Leap Motion
• Improved physical condition of stroke victims by providing them with virtual exercises to complete with their hands
• Awarded 2nd Place at HackRU Spring 2016

 

 

Best First Hack

Date: Feb 2016  

Issuer: TCNJ

• Developed RealtoVR app for Oculus DK2 + Leap Motion
• Allowed potential real estate buyers to tour/customize homes before ever stepping foot inside the house
• Awarded 1st Place at HackTCNJ 2016

 

 

Best User Interface

Date: Nov 2015  

Issuer: FDM

• Developed Project Reach app for Oculus DK2 + Leap Motion
• Allowed children to progress through a story by interacting with virtual characters to teach them learning skills
• Awarded 1st Place at HackNJIT 2015

 

 

3rd Place at WorkWave Hackathon

Date: Sep 2015  

Issuer: WorkWave

• Developed VirtuWalk app for Samsung Gear VR
• Provided paraplegics the opportunity to walk once again in virtual reality environments
• Awarded 3rd Place at WorkWave Hackathon 2015

 

 

The Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology

Date: May 2014  

Issuer: University of Rochester

• Developed Percipio app for Oculus DK1 + Razer Hydra
• Showed potential for education in virtual reality by placing user inside virtual classroom
• Displayed Khan Academy video on whiteboard and asked users questions related to video once it was over
• Awarded Xerox Award as a senior at New Hope Solebury High School

 

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Speeches


November 12, 2015: The Monmouth University IEEE/ACM club went to Bayshore Middle School for Hour of Code. I spoke to the students about how I discovered my passion and shared with them my advice on how to find theirs. Afterwards, some of the students got the chance to try out the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition.

 

May 8, 2015: I spoke to middle school students at New Hope Solebury Middle School at the New Hope Public Library. I spoke to them about virtual and augmented reality, showed them how to create software for virtual reality, and even let them play a game I developed specifically for them called TechnoMaze.

 

April 1, 2015: I gave a presentation to gifted middle school students at Indian Valley Middle School. Along with the speech, I was fortunate enough to allow each student the opportunity to experience a virtual reality car showroom that I developed called Showroom In Space.

 

Inspirations


 

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

A special thanks to Carnegie Mellon University for uploading this video on their YouTube channel for all to see.