Girls in Engineering Camp, UC Berkeley, 2019
A week-long, non-residential summer camp for San Francisco Bay Area students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to explore different aspects of what it means to be an engineer in a fun, hands-on environment. It was particularly exciting to explain what robots are to a group of middle-school girls, and to see their curiosity leading them to the very same fundamental research questions in robotics that I see my colleagues at UC Berkeley ask on a day-to-day basis.
Inclusion@RSS, Robotics: Science and Systems conference, 2019
I mentored several early career graduate students who belong to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in robotics. I discussed how they could advance their careers as researchers and maintain their well-being as graduate students.
Berkeley School Volunteers, Berkeley, 2017-2018
I teach math and science courses in after-school programs in public middle schools in Berkeley. In addition, I participate in interactive activities that are linked to the school day to enhance student learning experiences.
National Social Service Volunteer (Prayas Program), IIT Kanpur, 2008-2012
As a part of Prayas, I taught underrepresented and underprivileged K-12 students who could not afford quality education. I also helped underrepresented high school students to prepare for the entrance exam for IITs, which is a very competitive exam, and typically requires supplemental coaching which these students could not afford. I was honored to receive the IIT Kanpur excellence award in community services for my outreach efforts (Award citation: “Recognizing the graduating student with outstanding work in various aspected of community services.”)