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Aravind Ponukumati

Graduated from TJHSST and going to Drexel University in Philadelphia

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I am an avid chess player and genuinely interested in biomedical engineering as a profession to pursue. Achievements that I have had so far are being 56th place for all 17-year-olds in the nation for chess, winning the 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Computing Medal Award scholarship worth $24000, being a past Scholar in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) for 2010-11 at NASA Langley Center, and currently being an intern in the Neuronal Cytoskeletal Regulation department at NIH over the summer.

Subjects that I greatly enjoy are math and science, and I have taken many courses that have allowed me to delve deeper into these subjects. I have a specific interest towards neuroscience and neurosurgery, thus having applied to the NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) for NIH internship this year, volunteering in the 5B (Neurosurgery) wing at Virginia Hospital Center on Sundays for 4 hours, having taken Neurobiology last year at TJ with Dr. Cammer, and currently pursuing a project in the Neuroscience Senior Technology Laboratory at TJ for my senior year. I greatly enjoy reading in my spare time or going out with friends.

My goals for teaching at CompSciPrep are merely to gain expereience in teaching a large class of 15-20 students as opposed to 1v1 tutoring and to be able to provide a public service to all students genuinely interested in learning.

My academic achievements

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Computing Medal Award winner for outstanding achievement in computing and leadership, subsidized scholarship $6,000/year over a period of four years (May 2011).
  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) member for the prestigious NASA program for high school juniors, works with various Boeing and Lockheed Martin CEOs on lunar problems for manned colonization of Mars projected to be in 2040 (2010-Summer 2011).
  • Currently ranked 56th in the United States for 16-year-olds with USCF rating of 1996 (March 2011).
  • JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) participant for TJHSST Team, competition in May (2010).
  • Biology Olympiad, Team member in TJHSST Biology Bowl Team (2009).
  • Conducting a project with Dr. Ravindra Thamma at Central Connecticut State University regarding a Home-Testing Device for Early Prognosis of Breast Cancer (2010-March 2011).
  • Supernationals in Chess (2009): Part of TJHSST team in Nashville, TN and placed 5th Kindergarten-9th grade Individual Blitz section.
  • Pentagon Project: Completed a 110-page project regarding In-Situ Thermal Remediation of DNAPL Source Zones under Dr. Sridhar Susarla (2008).

I am teaching...

During this 2012 summer, I will be teaching Physics topics. If you are interested please register here or email if you need further information


  • --Kinematics, Kinematic Equations, and Motion
  • --Newton's Laws of Motion, F=ma, Impulse, and Inertia
  • --Newton's Laws of Motion, Momentum, Work, Pulley Systems
  • --Circular Motion, Angular Velocity, and Centripetal Force

    Pre-requisite: Any student interested to learn physics can register. I recommend all those who will be taking Physics this Septemeber should register.