What do you do?
I am building new technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing to be more scalable, accessible, and useful.
Why did you choose this field?
My first five birthdays were in five different places. I was born in India and my family immigrated to the United States when I was two, where I got my first exposure to computers. Over time, I became increasingly intrigued by people—and how they process information and make decisions. This led me to study the human brain and mind at the University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Cognitive Science and built my own tech startup.
Technology has always played a big role in my life. At age three, I was up and running on my own computer, and by age nine I was designing websites as a side hustle. Out of this early digital relationship, I developed, almost intrinsically, an understanding of the power technology has to connect people and change the world.
Now at IBM as the Global Product Lead, I am building the foundation to make quantum computers accessible via the cloud. My mission is to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Becoming a statue:
Being in Marie Claire, a fashion magazine:
Speaking at SXSW:
Getting featured in Forbes:
Delivering a "TEDxTalk" in France:
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love building the future
Best advice for next generation?
I would encourage everyone to take the initiative to learn more about deep tech topics like artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Along the way, identify individuals and collaborators to bounce off ideas with and to ask questions. Most importantly, be curious and experiment—the best ideas are still out there
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“You can't be what you can't see” “See it, be it.”