Hi, my name is Koushik Sridhar and I live in Charlotte, NC, USA. I am 18 years old and attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. I love playing Ultimate Frisbee, meeting new people, and technology. My fascination with technology stems from the profound influence it has on every aspect of our life, and how it can be used to make things better. Everywhere one goes, technology is at work. The fact that the processing power on our phones is equal to the amount available during the Apollo missions is simply astonishing and drives me to leave a positive mark using my passion for technology. 

One innovator who I idolize would be Elon Musk, not because of all of the success he has encountered, but because of his ability to overcome failure and keep working to make the world a better place. His imagination and creative ability to solve problems is something I aspire to have.

My inspiration is the place where I live, the surroundings near me, and the people in and around me. My every day thought and motivation is to do something for the people, who really require constant care and the people who I see them most often.  The place where I volunteer is mostly of senior citizens and always left a question behind me as to what can I do to help them?. I strongly believe that the knowledge that has been transferred from my wonderful teachers and mentors to me has to be given back for a greater cause which will help the senior citizens in their day to day life.

When I am older, I would like to pursue a career in research and Artificial Intelligence. The research being made in the field is incredible and has limitless applications, from agriculture to business to medicine, and much more.

My future vision is to pursue and expand my current research. In addition, to increase the possibility of my tool actually being used in the medical field. It would serve as further motivation to create other cost-effective tools that would improve life around the world.