EVAN VARGHESE

Accomplished high school student with exemplary academic and extracurricular achievements. Developing academic project experience in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Pursuing an advanced education in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Computational Science.
  • https://github.com/evargh
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Academic Career

Course Summary

Graduating Class - 2019 McKinney High School, McKinney, TX
GPA: 4.0 Unweighted | 4.92 Weighted

AP classes are worth 6 points on the GPA scale, while PreAP classes are worth 5 points. There are a few exceptions in advanced elective classes, but for most students the AP/PreAP standard is all they'll need.

AP SCORES

Advanced Placement Courses and Scores

• Human Geography: 5, 2016

• Biology: 4, 2016

• Chemistry: 5, 2017

• World History: 5, 2017

• Computer Science A: 5, 2017

• Calculus AB: 5, 2018

• Calculus BC: 5, 2018

• Physics: 5, 2018

• English Language: 5, 2018

• US History: 5, 2018


While I did well in everything relevant to my intended field, as well as my history and English courses, biology was a weak course. I took biology before my freshman year, when I thought I could still get by without breathing in the direction of a textbook for most of the class. It didn't work out.

Standardized Test Scores

SAT

1600

PSAT/NMSQT

1500

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

MATH 2: 800 | US History: 740 | Physics: 700

The SAT was a test I wanted to get out of the way as quickly as possible just because of how much of a mental block it can end up being. I took it, tolerated Collegeboard for a few months, got my score and forgot about it.

I took this test twice—once in Sophomore year and once in Junior year and got a 1500/1520 on both with the same subscores.

With AP tests I wasn't as time-conscious with these Subject Tests. I spent so much time focusing on AP Physics and AP US History that I neglected what was covered on the Subject Tests, and so could only answer what I knew. I plan to retake Physics in August.

Other Coursework


Introduction to Mathematical Thinking                                                                        Stanford University. Coursera, 2017

The Data Scientist’s Toolbox                                                                                           Johns Hopkins University. Coursera, 2017

Object Oriented Programming                                                                                        San Diego. Coursera, 2017

I took these courses during a dry summer and ended up learning a lot about time management and internal motivation and discipline. When you come from a high school environment, completely spoonfed, it's as refreshing as it is a bit foreboding to see what the "lecture environment" is like.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

HONORS AND AWARDS

STATE CHAMPION

TSA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

The idea that won state and ranked 11th-or-so for the national (really international) competition was, ultimately, the product of a week of "what are we going to do because our other project is garbage."

Initially we made a little gimmick called Planyr, an agenda program running entirely in Java that allows someone to assign one (1) event per day. It was useless and, probably worse than that, just painful to use. Regionally, out of two people, we finished second and therefore earned the honor of going to the State competition. We had two months to figure out the garbage sitting in front of us, and after a week of Computer Science III classes we put together our heads, combining our interests and put it behind a social cause—food deserts.

From that came our actual project, Cookyr, which had a bit more substance to it—it was a image-recognition-based food cataloger that allowed users to create accounts and build up a virtual fridge, stocked with ingredients and easy-lookup recipes.

To the left are two screenshots—one of the repo (you can find it at my Github) and one of the site as it would appear to the user "banksy."

NATIONAL CHAMPION (ALTERNATE)

TSA CODING

TSA Coding is an event that follows the standard structure of most programming competitions—you go on-site, get handed a packet of problems, and figure out as many of them as you can before time runs out. The team size was three people and I was the fourth person to ask to join, so I was set as an alternate.

I didn't go up to the stage when the team won, but I felt the residual effects. The person on stage left in the picture is me, looking confused and repressing my angst for the picture..

OTHER AWARDS AND HONORS


STATE CHAMPION: TSA TEAMS

TSA Teams is a competition featuring a bit of everything—"pure" math, engineering disciplines, oddly specific questions about insects and population growth, and "instant building challenges," the source of many great triumphs and failures as we manhandled straws and tinfoil to create mock-ups of environmentally conscious architecture. Due to a lack of background in civil engineering I worked alongside 3 other teammates on the multiple choice problem packet.

NMSQT

Not much to say about the National Merit Scholarship process, other than that it takes ages to actually go through.

EXTRACURRICULAR PROFILE

Skills

Web Design

I learned a lot of what I know in web design from trial and error in the 2018 TSA Software Development competition, where one of my goals was to develop and integrate the basic front-end form handling into the rest of our program. That gave me the basics of HTML and a touch of CSS. The Cookyr front-end was designed by me, save for the CSS.

Software Development

I was taught Java and am in the process of learning Python. While computer science is not my focus you can't accomplish in modern engineering much without at least a basic understanding of what goes into software, and this is especially applicable in electrical engineering.

Database Development

This is another trick I learned from TSA Software Development. Before I moved the server over to a teammate I had to develop a MySQL database to build up a user table and store the information inside users' fridges. The table architecture wasn't excessively high level, but even then I did gain a greater appreciation for information management and how seamlessly it's tied in with the absolute front end of any project.
Mechanical Design
This is a hobby in which I'm half self-taught and half school-taught. Early on for some quick jokes and smaller personal projects I used the power of a school email address to get an Autodesk license for me and my dad. That license got me Fusion, which I learned before taking a class called "Intro to Engineering" which taught, in a class environment, Autodesk Inventor. The below image is one of my first models which I ended up 3D printing--a belt buckle.
3D Modeling

Through a bit of a stint in Blender I learned the absolute fundamentals of 3D sculpting. Since my laptop couldn't handle even the most basic rendering I had to put it on hold and wasn't able to go as deep into it as I wanted to, just due to time, but I might go back to it if I get the resources. Below was my first model--but with simple lighting, few bounces, and only about 20k faces it still took 10-or-so minutes to render.

3D Printing
With mechanical design I also learned about 3D printing. It was a sort of natural progression—I was introduced to 3D printing in Computer Science I and ended up using it for a lot of projects which required some creative component. Below is one of my recent prints, which I had to develop quickly for an English project. It meant something deep but I don't remember what it was.

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Machine Shop
This was something a long time in the making. Since I was very young, maybe late elementary school age

Graphic Design

Thanks to an interest in vexillology I also made a few flags. I uploaded them onto a site but I forget exactly where. Thanks to another student account and my dad's interest in photography I was able to get Illustrator to do all of this.
Raspberry Pi Programming
Microcontroller Programming
Basic Electronics Assembly
Laser Cutting

Extracurricular Activities

Computer Science Club

(2016 - Current)

In the absence of any big electrical engineering organization I joined the computer science club while I was taking Computer Science A to learn Java. From this I got to learn under a great teacher, make some great friends and compete and hold a variety of competitions.

School Orchestra

(2012 - 2017)

This is worth mentioning due to the sheer time commitment that this group was. From 6th grade to 10th I committed hours upon hours of practice and review, competition and concert, in order to grow. Under the guidance I learned a lot about music, and while I didn't become a nationally acclaimed musician I did have an experience where I realized how much I grew.

Debate Program

(2017 - Current)

Debate was a course I took because I realized that I was once a master of saying a lot without being able to communicate anything.

Engineering Club

(2015 - 2016, 2017 - Current)

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Leadership

Computer Science Club

(2017 - Current)

Secretary

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Engineering Club

(2017 - Current)

Secretary

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Community Service

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