Meet Ankur

Biomedcial Engineering
Class of ’19

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Hey! My name’s Ankur, and I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I’m a Chicago native, a huge foodie (deep dish over all others), and an obsessive fan of music festivals. Along with my major and minor, I’m doing research with Dr. Mel in the Laboratory for Neural Computation. Outside of class, I’m involved with Spark SC, USC’s student-driven hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, HackSC, USC’s largest annual hackathon, and research with the Laboratory of Neural Computation, where I’m working on building higher-capacity neural networks to represent the brain. If I’m not busy studying or working on projects, you can probably find me longboarding around campus, grabbing a milkshake at Ground Zero, or relaxing at McCarthy Quad.

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On campus, I’m part of Spark SC, USC’s student-driven hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. In the two years since we started, we’ve created an 800+ person hackathon, run a 1000-idea pitch contest, made friends with Google, Snapchat, and DAQRI, and inspired students like you to be the change you want to see.
This year, I’m on Core Team for HackSC, USC’s largest annual hackathon. We bring together 800+ students for a weekend of building projects, meeting makers, and developing new ideas. This year’s HackSC will happen in Spring 2017!
I’m collaborating with Dr. Bartlett Mel in the Laboratory for Neural Computation to a develop higher-capacity version of Hopfield networks, a type of neural net that can save and recognize patterns.

My Major and Minor: BME + CS

My Favorite Classes
Figuring out how we can use data structures to make our computers, programs, and websites run more quickly and efficiently is extremely engaging , and the professors are amazing. It’s also one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken.
I took this introductory class in fall of my freshman year It surveyed the different basic areas of biomedical engineering and gave us context for how biomedical engineers canmake an impact through technology. Really interesting class!
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My Philosophy

I looked at my applications as a representation of who I was. So whether it was a yes or a no, I knew that I had put my best foot forward, without faking it or trying to force anything.

Application Extracurriculars

Don’t feel pressured to list every last extracurricular activity you’ve ever remotely been involved in. It’s totally cool just to talk about the few things you’re most interested in.

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! It’s been a couple of years, but I went to two mountain towns (Shimla and Manali) in India with my family a few years ago. Among the attractions: jumping off a small mountain and flying through the air like an eagle.
False! Longboard > all other forms of transportation.
True! I’ve been cooking since I was 8 years old and wreaking havoc in the kitchen since well before that.

My Favorite Shows

  • Westworld is my favorite show on right now. A blend of western and sci-fi, this is hands-down one of the most interesting watches of the year so far.
  • Even though it’s over, Breaking Bad will always be one of my favorite shows. Did you know Vince Gilligan gave a talk on campus last year? I got to go and it was incredible.

  • A thought-provoking exploration of how technology will impact our future, Black Mirror is an anthology series of enclosed stories on Netflix. It’s also one of the best shows on anywhere right now.