EVAN VARGHESE


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  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/evan-v-16587313a/

McKinney, Texas 

McKinney is a city-suburb squarely in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. My perspective on McKinney is shaped too much by the individuals in it for me to speak on whether the town is "friendly" or "welcoming." The people I know are friendly and welcoming, and if you were to meet them you'd probably agree.


I will say that it's a lot greener than other cities of comparable size, and it was voted "Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine in 2014.


They have a website: https://www.mckinneytexas.org/

McKinney High

Graduating Class - 2019 McKinney High School, 

Mckinney High is the oldest high school in the district, going back 150 years or so.



Course work 

McKinney, TX GPA: 4.0 Unweighted | 4.92 Weighted

Human Geography
This was one of the two first AP classes I took, alongside Biology, and it differently raised my interest in what I previously deemed as "Soft Science." Before this, my first serious social studies class, I was a bit dogmatic in how I treated STEM subjects. I enjoyed writing and social studies but I didn't take them too seriously—they were supplementary, almost a form of "entertainment" after working in science and math.
Biology
This was the other AP course I took my freshman year. My interest in biology was kind of superficial, it turned out, and my scores weren't as good as they should have been. It was a wake up call to the difficulties of AP science courses, and even though I didn't study independently for this course in particular too much I did learn about how I'd have to start.
World History
My second social studies course. Fun and straightforward, so it was a comfortable course to take. I don't remember much else about it.
Computer Science A
I had some previous experience in coding thanks to my work with Arduino, but Computer Science A let me expand my scope by learning just how accessible the whole computer science discipline is, especially compared to electrical engineering. This class led to my first leadership role and some of the best fun I've had, competitive or otherwise, in a variety of events.
Chemistry
This is another one of those AP science courses that few people take and even fewer are prepared for—I was lucky to have biology behind me otherwise I wouldn't have any idea on how valuable a good work ethic is in handling a course that, at first, can seem too much to handle. I don't remember the details of chemistry, but if I were to "contextualize" it I would say that it was an example of how putting effort in brings rewards. While I failed (or at least, didn't succeed like I wanted to) in biology, I managed to succeed in chemistry.
Calculus BC
This was my first AP math course, and it caught me off guard. I was used to throwing math behind me in favor of science just because of how easily a lot of the basics of complex algebra and trigonometry initially came to me. Calculus used a lot of the same concepts, but the way they were integrated—pun not intended—and the sheer number of ways that such concepts could be used in advanced math blindsided me. I made it out, but this was one of those classes that, if I didn't have the right teacher and curriculum, could have easily made my life a lot harder.
English Language
I feel like I would be speaking too soon if I were to say that
US History
Physics

AP Scholar recognition 

Standardized Test Scores

SAT

1600

PSAT/NMSQT

1600

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 bored summer and ended up learning a lot about time management and internal motivation and discipline. When you come from a high school environment, comparatively spoonfed, it's as refreshing as it is a bit foreboding to see what the "lecture environment" is like. I took these courses through Coursera—you can find their website here: https://www.coursera.org/

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.

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)

I had originally joined the Engineering Club in my freshman year to join an organization called "FRC,"

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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