About Me

Welcome to my page! I’m a Pittsburgh born and raised kid who moved to Louisville right before high school. In Louisville, I attended duPont Manual High School, a top 100 school in the nation. After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, I am a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in business administration. In addition to being a student, I play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Melee competitively in the Pittsburgh Smash scene.

Besides academics, I am an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports as well as an amateur sports analyst. To further my passion, I have written numerous articles for The Point of Pittsburgh about the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates. Beyond sports analytics, I also am interested in esports, specifically Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Melee. My passion not only lies in competing but also commentating.

For the past several years, I have worked on various research projects. I worked at the BioRobotics Lab under Prof. Howie Choset in the Fall 2017 semester while at CMU. Furthermore, I have published research on iris recognition and one-way hash functions in the IEEE Xplore Digial Journal.

I am also honored to have been a mentor the the Empowered program in Louisville during the summer of 2017. While mentoring, I was able to work with a group of intelligent and hard-working minority girls to help develop their technology as well as business skills. If you are interested to see the work that I did while mentoring, please see the Empowered page!

During the summer of 2018, I had the honor to work at Buchanan & Edwards. There, I worked with Frank Hellwig on a blockchain project pertaining to contract closures. Applying zero-knowledge proofs to modular software design, Frank and myself were able to build a fully functional contract closure platform that exists on a blockchain network.

In the summer of 2019, I had the pleasure of working at General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) at their office in Pittsburgh (Viz). At GDMS Viz, I was mentored on large scale contracts as well as worked on various projects in the defense and aerospace sector. I am very thankful for the opportunity that GDMS Viz has given me and look forward to starting there full time in 2021.

Currently, I am researching under Prof. Lujo Bauer and one of his PhD students, Sruti Bhagavatula. My research is on measuring and modeling the spread of misinformation in various social networks. This research project has allowed me to continue to explore machine learning and data science, while introducing me to more advanced graph theory concepts and the field of social network analysis.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at sasank@vishnubhatlas.net.