In short, I'm a software engineer by day and amateur astronomer by night. I am in my 30s and presently live in the bay area in California.
I got a PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. I was advised by Phil Morrison and co-advised by Mark Raizen. My thesis was on theoretical and experimental aspects of Brownian Motion in Liquids. I was very fortunate to work both on theoretical and experimental aspects of the same problem, picking up a diverse set of skills in the process. My publications are listed on Google Scholar. Despite specializing in my PhD, I like to think of myself as someone who is reasonably competent in many things, rather than a specialist that has a very specific field of immense expertise. I currently work as a software engineer with a focus on applying machine learning techniques to real-world product use-cases.
In my personal time, I have fun doing astronomy as a hobby, tinker around with Linux machines, learn some math, go hiking / car camping / road tripping / photographing, build small DIY things, write code (occasionally, although more so in 2020), process old photos, and work out.
You may contact me at akarsh at kde dot org
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