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Aspiring Data Scientist, Automation Expert

Leesburg, Virginia, United States
January 19, 2019

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***** ********* **., ******** **-20176 571-***-**** CAREER OBJECTIVE:

A highly motivated PhD student with strong skills in software development and computer science seeking an IT career to apply my talents, creative ability and programming experience.


• Strong academic background in Java.

• Contributed to multiple open source libraries in Python.

• Proficient in Linux and SQL.

• Done extensive self-study on key concepts in new and emerging technologies. EDUCATION

PhD Student (Physics) Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA Sept 2017 – Present Focus on building software tools to help astrophysics research programs BS (Astrophysics) Rutgers State University, NJ Sept 2013 - May 2017 High School Stone Bridge High, Ashburn, VA Aug 2009 - May 2013 TECHNICAL SKILLS

GitHub Handle: @rirze (

Programming Languages:

Applications: Microsoft Office, MATLAB, Mathematica, Git, Emacs. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux (Ubuntu & Cent OS), Android systems INTERNSHIPS & RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Summer of Code Intern, Google Inc June/2016 – August/2016

• Collaborated with the authors of the open-source image viewer, the Ginga project

[], to bring new features and performance improvements.

• Worked with Python, OpenCL, and Git. Focused on improving many routines relating to image loading & viewing, interfacing with OS specific optimizations, and implementing parallel processing to existing features. Undergrad Research Assistant, Rutgers University Mar/2015 – Mar/2016

• Developed software tools related to strong gravitational lensing using Numerical Python, C/C++, Cython, Fortran. Available online on GitHub.

• Python, Bash, PowerShell

• Java, with Spring and Angular Frameworks

• Fortran, MATLAB, Mathematica, Julia

• R, C++, APL

• Haskell, Clojure, LISP

• Parallel computing: CUDA, OpenMP,

Cython, OpenCL, TensorFlow

• SQL queries (using MySQL)

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• Built a software suite that solves the general relativistic lens equation for general mass distributions.

Summer Intern, Neustar Help Desk, Sterling VA June/2014 – August/2014

• Hardware setup/configuration, reimage/refurbish laptop/desktop computers for redeployment, Corporate storage backup systems and Customer Support

• Became experienced with a host of software, multiple OS systems, and scripting languages (Bash, PowerShell, DOS, Python, AppleScript).

• Learnt basic networking concepts.


College Courses – Rutgers

• Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy.

• Computing in Physics – Graduate course aimed at teaching common algorithms and practices used in graduate physics research using Python, Fortran and C++.

• Introduction to Biophysics – An introduction to the field of biophysics from a statistical and discrete mathematics perspective. Used MATLAB in course. Online Courses - Coursera

• Algorithms, Part I – Princeton University

• Neural Networks and Deep Learning – University of Toronto

• Neural Networks for Machine Learning –

• Machine Learning – Stanford University

• Improving Deep neural Networks: Hyperparameter Tuning, Regularization and Optimization –

• Data Driven Astronomy – The University of Sydney SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT & TOOL BUILDS

• GravPy – Python software that finds configurations of lensing galaxies given astronomical image data. Hosted on Github.

• Interactive-Strong-Lensing – Shows how model parameters affect gravitationally- lensed images by using interactive sliders to update the output image in real-time.

• Video-Lensing – Takes live webcam input and lenses it, according to gravitational lensing theory, using the model parameters given.


• Recognized with “Presidential Merit Scholarship” academic outstanding award for four years of study from Rutgers University.

• Won 1


Place in Physics & Astronomy at RSEF (Regional Science Fair) - 2013

• National AP Scholar (2013), National Merit Competition: Commended Student (2012)

• Virginia Aerospace, Science, and Technology Scholars program & onsite training at NASA as Blue Team Manager – (2011 - 2012)

• Attended the prestigious Governor's School program for Mathematics, Science, and Technology – (Summer 2012)

• Lincoln-Douglas Debate Captain (2010-2013)


Languages: English, Spanish, Telugu

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