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Ganeshkumar Ashokavardhanan

Ganeshkumar Ashokavardhanan, M.E.T. ’21

Major: EECS + Business

Home Town: Chennai, India

High School: DPS Modern Indian School, Doha, Qatar

Internship: Area 1 Security, Redwood City, CA (summer 2018)

Whether designing an advanced robotic babysitter or applying machine learning to improve disaster response, Ganeshkumar Ashokavardhanan has immersed himself in ground-breaking technology since middle school. The M.E.T. program not only satisfies his ongoing quest to innovate, it helps him fulfill a dream: to be part of the global hub of technology entrepreneurs.

“I love the diversity and energy of the community here at Berkeley. Everyone is excited about different fields and I learn a lot from their backgrounds and interests.”

Why M.E.T.

“The M.E.T. double degree combines the best of UC Berkeley’s world-renowned College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business. Not only am I learning from professors who are major contributors to their fields, but Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley, the heart of tech innovation, makes this the best place in the world to be for computer science and entrepreneurship.”

Activities at CAL

KPCB Engineering Fellow

Launchpad, a machine learning club

Robotics at Berkeley club, team lead of drones for disaster response project

Cal Hacks hackathon

Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award

Inside Berkeley / M.E.T.

“The Berkeley M.E.T. program’s network of advisors and mentors play an important role in our success. For example, through the program’s partnership with Kleiner Perkins, I was guaranteed an interview for the KPCB Engineering Fellowship. M.E.T. staff and advisory board members, like M.E.T founder Michael Grimes (EECS 87 and head of global technology investment banking at Morgan Stanley), guided me to make the most of these opportunities.”

High School Accomplishments

  • Student Council, president
  • NTSE Scholar (Indian national merit scholarship)
  • Qatar Computing Research Institute, research intern
  • Olympiad Rank 4 in International Informatics Olympiad (II0)
  • GCIMUN New York- United Nations Association of the USA, Honorable Mention Award
  • The Better Connections Program, volunteer coordinator (digital literacy training for migrant workers)
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