KAVYA KOPPARAPU

Social Entrepreneur, AI Thought Leader, Innovator, Public Speaker

WORK EXPERIENCE 

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DEPT. OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
2017 Simons Research Fellow, New York

Selected from thousands of applicants around the world to attend the 7-week prestigious Simons Research Fellowship program and awarded a $1,000 research stipend. Developed the GlioVision platform, which uses deep learning to identify brain cancer features from brain biopsy images.

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DEPT. OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
2016-2017 Student Researcher, Massachusetts

Developed a mathematical model for 2D tumor growth in C++. The model demonstrates interaction between and evolution of tumors with differential fitness levels via a Moran computational model.

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NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
2016 Student Collaborator, Online

Developed the Eyeagnosis system for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy using a smartphone. Collaborated with researchers from Cornell, Caltech, Harvard Medical School, and the National Eye Institute. Issued provisional patent and presented at the NIH, International Society for Computational Biology, TEDx, and O’Reilly Conferences.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES DEPT. OF THE MITRE CORPORATION
2016 Paid Summer Technical Intern, Virginia

Developed and applied statistical methods for a classified biomedical diagnostic research project in the Nanosystems group. Was the youngest employee of the company at the time of employment (15 years old) and the only high school intern in a typically college-level program (Article).

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WILMER EYE INSTITUTE, JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR NANOMEDICINE
2014-2015 Student Researcher, Maryland

Conducted research on the toxicity of nanoparticle drug delivery systems on brain tissue isolated from newborn rabbits with cerebral palsy.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 

GIRLS COMPUTING LEAGUE (Website)
Founder, CEO,  2015 – Present, Virginia

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Impacted more than 1800 K3-12 students from Title 1 and students living in public housing authority. Reached over hundreds of teachers through Tiger Woods Foundation Teacher workshop. Developed ConnecTech a platform to connect teachers and professionals to bring computer science to their classrooms. Recruited a volunteer base of over 50 high school students. Raised $35,000 from Google, Apple, Amazon, Society For Science and the Public, NCWIT, Children Science Center, FannieMae, CONRAD Foundation, Marriott, and PSAV towards organzing Artificial Intelligence summit and hackathons. Current students are from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, and Jamaica. There has even been interest in starting programs for girls in Africa, Australia, and Mexico. Partner organization of the White House CSforAll Initiative.

CHILDREN’S SCIENCE CENTER (Website)
Member on the B.O.D., Youth Advisory Board Chair, and Youth Ambassador, 2012 – Present, Virginia

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Donated all scholarships over the past four years to the CSC. As a keynote speaker, helped raise over $170,000 in contributions at the Founder’s event. Several speaking events, such as the annual 2013, 2014, 2015 Founder’s Society Annual Fundraising Events, US Volkswagen Finance Headquarters Event, and AOL Events. Began a column in the monthly newsletter called “Celebrity Spotlight” interviewing scientists such as Nobel laureates, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and others. Worked with WTOP to record Public Service Announcements to air in 2015. Founded the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) , runs monthly YAB meetings to discuss and put into action science fair exhibit ideas.

EDUCATION

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THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
GPA: 4.506

Coursework:

  • Math: Research Statistics 1, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Complex Variables
    Computer Science: AP Computer Science C, Artificial Intelligence 1 and 2, Computer Vision
    Science: AP Biology, DNA Science 1, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism, Neuroscience Research  Lab
    Language: Russian 1-3

Exam Scores:

  • SAT 2017: 800/800 Math, 790/800 Reading/Writing, 23/24 Essay
    PSAT 2016: 750/760 Math, 760/760 Writing/Reading, 99% percentile for both
    SAT Subject Tests: Math Level 2, 800/800; Biology M, 800/800; Chemistry, 800/800
    AP Exams: 5/5 (Environmental Science, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus BC, Physics M, US History)

Programming Skills:

  • Java, Python, C++, MATLAB, Mathematica, Android Studio, Arduino Programming, Caffe and Tensorflow Deep Learning Architectures

Leadership in Clubs:

  • President of Bioinformatics Society; Co-President of the MIT BioBuilder Club; Teaching Coordinator of Biology Olympiad Club; Co-Founder and President of Russian Language and Culture Club; Class of 2018 Representative/ Elected Member of TJ Honor Council; tjSTAR STEM Symposium Committee President.

RESEARCH

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GLIOVISION
2017 – Present

The GlioVision platform identifies relevant tumor regions in a brain biopsy image and determines the molecular sub-type of the tumor (which has important implications in chemotherapy treatment) with over 85% and 90% accuracy, respectively, using deep learning. Collaborated with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Georgetown University Hospital, and Emory University. Working with Hunton & Williams Law Firm through Neuroscience Research Lab at school to patent the project pro-bono.

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EYEAGNOSIS
2016 – Present

Awards: 2016 Nat. Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 ISEF Finalist and Translational Medicine Category Winner(3rd); 2017 Conrad Challenge (1st); 2017 Virginia State Science Fair (2nd), Governor’s Award Recipient, and Leidos Award in Computational Science. Eyeagnosis utilizes machine learning techniques and a smartphone camera for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy. The Eyeagnosis algorithm consists of a neural network, a 3D-printed optical device that enables a smartphone to take high-quality retinal images, and a smartphone app. Issued IRB approval for testing by Chesapeake IRB. Tested at Aditya Jyot Hospital in India.Collaborating with Salauno in Mexico City.

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MEDIKEY
2015 – 2016

Awards: 2016 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Summit Diplomat and International Pete Conrad Scholar (1st).  The MediKey mobile application allows on-demand, swift, and secure sharing of relevant lifesaving medical history of a patient with an EMT in the case of an emergency using NFC technology and encryption algorithms. Endorsed by the Chief Technology Officer of the Defense Health Agency and multiple EMTs across Northern Virginia.

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STENTSENSE
2014 – 2015

Awards: 2015 Toshiba ExploraVision National Honorable Mention. Created a concept idea for StentSense, a revolutionary stent-like device inserted in the upper arm that utilized state of the art nanotechnology and cloud computing to continuously monitor a patient’s bloodstream and identify the contents.

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DIABREATHOMETER
2017-Present

Awards: #BUILTBYGIRLS 2017 National Finalist; 2014 IEEE App-E-Feat National 3rd Place. Created a concept idea for Diabreathometer, a revolutionary device that would allow diabetic patients to monitor their blood sugar levels through breath tests for acetone. Diabreathometer is an app-device system that can both measure and display blood sugar content on a smartphone. (Video Link)

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CONNECTECH
2017-Present

Developed ConnecTech platform to help the teachers improve their computer science curriculums by connecting with professionals. GCL plans to collaborate with schools and other organizations to expose teachers and students to current technologies used on projects in real life. (Website Link)

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 2018

2018 WebMD National Health Hero Award (Innovation Category) and a $25,000 grant towards a non-profit.

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 2016/2017

National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) National Award Winner (top 50 of over 4,000 applicants)

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Stanford She++ #Include Fellow (top 30 selected)

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2017

Project: Eyeagnosis
International Science Fair (ISEF) Finalist, International 3rd Place in Category
2nd Life Science Award from the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
Honorable Mention from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

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2017

Project: Eyeagnosis
Grand Prize/ Governor’s Award at the Virginia State Science Fair (VSSEF)
Leidos Award in Computational Science

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2017

Project: Eyeagnosis
1st Place Health and Medical Science at the International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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2016

Project: Eyeagnosis
Siemens Foundation Research Competition Semifinalist

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2016

Project: MediKey
1st Place Cybersecurity and Technology at the International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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2015

Project: StentSense
National Honorable Mention in the Toshiba Exploravision Competition

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2017

United States Computing Olympiad (USACO) Gold Division Winner

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2015

3rd Place, American Computer Science League (ACSL) All-Stars International Competition

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United States Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinalist Qualifier (top 10%)

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2016

International Biology Scholar, University of Toronto Biology Examination

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National American Invitational Mathematical Examination (AIME) Qualifier (top 10%)

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American Council Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Russian National Essay Contest Gold Medalist

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National ACTR Russian Scholar Laureate Award winner (Top 32 students in the nation)

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UPCOMING

December 2017

Participating in the Smithsonian’s “The Long Conversation” Panel Discussion and Presentation as a Thought Leader in STEM. More Information

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UPCOMING

November 2017

Travel Grant awarded by ForumAIResponsable  to attend the event as a Panel Speaker and sign the Montréal Declaration for the Ethical Use of AI

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UPCOMING

December 2017

Nobel Week at Stockholm

Travel Grant from National Society for High School Scholars to attend the 2017 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden

May 2017

TEDx Herndon Speaker on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

June 2017

Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit – Speaker

June 2017

O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference – Session Speaker – Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases

April 2017

March For Science DC Rally Main Stage Speaker

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April 2017

STEM on the Hill Event at Capitol Hill

August 2017

National Society for High School Scholars Scholars Day Panel, Presentation, and Acceptance Speech

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October 2016

White House STEM Inclusion Conference

June 2016

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Yearly Conference Student Award Winner

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December 2016

International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Rocky Colorado Conference Poster Presenter

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December 2016

IEEE Women in Engineering Innovating Forward Together Conference

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April 2014/2015/2016

US Science and Engineering Festival X-STEM Symposium Speaker

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Children’s Science Center Founder’s Society Event Keynote Speaker, CSC Volkswagen Event Keynote, CSC Fair Oaks Mall Lab Grand Opening Keynote (over 10 major events in total)

ORGANIZED HACKATHONS/SUMMITS

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SUMMIT 2017 (Website)

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Organized an Artificial Intelligence summit for 350 middle and high school students at no cost ( Marriott, Virginia) on September 30. Keynote speakers included: Teresa Carlson of Amazon, Afua Bruce of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Evan Burfield of 1776, and Virginia Delegate Ken Plum. Presenters: Jim Liew of Johns Hopkins University, Tim Hwang of FiscalNote, Lisa Singh, Peter Bock of George Washington University, and Patrick Hall of H20.ai. The event was sponsored by Apple, Society for Science & Public, Google, Amazon Web Services, and the CONRAD Foundation.

BIOCODE HACKATHON (Website)

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Started BioCode Competition with support from TJ Partnership fund & BioInformatcis society. 220 middle and high school students participated. $2,250 cash awards were given to winners.

GIRLS COMPUTING LEAGUE WORKSHOPS (Website) 

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Organized and coordinated volunteers for over 15 workshops on behalf of GirlsComputingLeague. GirlsComputingLeague provides one-time, introductory workshops, or weekly classes year-round including: Robotics Workshops (FLL and FTC), Website Development with HTML or Javascript, JAVA and Python Programming, Mobile Application Development Classes, Scratch and Alice for Younger Students.

GRANTS

2018

$25,000

WebMD National Health Hero Grant

2017

$28,000

AI Summit Sponsorship Grants from Google, Apple, Amazon, Society for Science and the Public, Conrad Foundation, and others.

2017

$1,000

TJ Partnership Fund Community Outreach Grant for BioCode Bioinformatics Competition

2016/2017

$4,500

3 NCWIT AspireIT Outreach Grants to teach Computer Science

2016

$1,000

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, Amazon Web Services Entrepreneurial Grants

2015

$500

Thomas Jefferson HS “One Question” Grant

SCHOLARSHIPS

2017

$5,000

Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship, presented by Mr. Nobel

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2016

$1,500

Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award

2014

$1,000

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Angela Award Scholarship

2014

$500

2014 2nd place NSF National Science Bee at UT Dallas

PATENTS

Pending Provisional patent (# 62/422,537)

Working with patent lawyer from Hunton & Williams LLP through TJ NeuroScience lab to do a probono.

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 Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon

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Dr. Hejtmancik

Chief of the Ophthalmic Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the NEI

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Dr. Nance

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Evan Glazer

Former TJ Principal

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Ms. Ruth Farmer

Former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion

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