|MIT Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jacob Andreas
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Hometown: Pleasanton, California
I am currently a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying computer science and linguistics. I am also a first-generation immigrant whose parents fled from Sri Lanka during its civil war to live in the Bay Area. I love everything to do with language – how it works, how humans acquire it, and how it’s structured. I hope to pursue a Ph.D. focused on making language technology more accessible to those who speak understudied languages and uncommon dialects so that as natural language processing becomes more ubiquitous in everyday life, disadvantaged populations are not left behind. When I’m not studying or working in the lab, I spend my time teaching a lower division data structures class, baking, and playing Animal Crossing.