Venkata "Ravi" Yelleswarapu

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Tech Transfer
While biomedical research has made great strides in the lab, there is often an unmet need to make this research clinically practical. I am a Penn Center for Innovation Fellow where I work directly with Technology Licensing Officers to evaluate invention disclosures. We also launched a startup and I hope to see my thesis work transform into a clinical device. I've also been a part of the Penn Biotech Consulting Group and mentored student groups in the Y-Prize competition on commercializing droplet-microfluidic based research.

Music
I randomly woke up one day and wanted to compose music. With no music theory background, I decided to start teaching myself piano mid-Feb, 2015. Check out the Youtube video to see my progress... might want to turn your volume down.  I try to update my Youtube channel every ~3 months on my progress. Beginning in 2017, I'm going to teach myself FL Studio and finally start digital music composition. I love themes from video games, tv shows/movies, and electronic music.

Animations for Science
Explaining science to people without a similar background is tricky and challenging. I began teaching myself Solidworks and other graphic design software to facilitate this communication. Check out this animation I created to simplify an extremely complex project into a simple idea. 

Running & Outdoors
Recently got into running and decided to sign up for the Philly Half Marathon. After ~2.5 mo of training, I finished it at 1h49m after being unable to barely run even 4 miles when I started. When I'm not in lab, I like to try out new things from surfing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, etc. - anything that's a break from the city is a great excuse to explore!

Finance/Cryptocurrencies/Entrepreneurship
While entrepreneurship was a straightforward interest, I got inspired in learning about crypto from one of my close friends. It was really cool to see an emerging technology develop that had pretty much no value to $100B> market. While this has nothing to do with my area of expertise, I found it fascinating people were putting so much money into an idea, and jumped on to see how this could have an impact in the future. 

Reading
After reading a lot of articles on the internet, I kind of realized most of the ideas are not properly fleshed out and don't have enough substance to make a great case. While some books tend to be drawn out, I'm trying to cycle through books from philosophy, lifesytle (running/diet mainly), politics, business, history of science, etc. Hoping to start a book review blog one day to jot down my thoughts on the books. 

Educational Outreach
At BU, I was president on the Students for Advancement for Nanotechnology and treasurer for Tau Beta Pi, where we hosted events to engage the community in engineering through art shows, high school activities, and "lab in a box" experiments. 
  

  • I love making simple artistic depictions/animations of complicated science to reach out to broad audiences.
    I love making simple artistic depictions/animations of complicated science to reach out to broad audiences.
  • I never imagined piano would take up a big chunk of my schedule after waking up with a sudden burst of interest in composing music one day.
    I never imagined piano would take up a big chunk of my schedule after waking up with a sudden burst of interest in composing music one day.
  • Live Zelda Orchestra concert! It was amazing.
    Live Zelda Orchestra concert! It was amazing.
  • Completed my first half marathon in Nov, 2016!
    Completed my first half marathon in Nov, 2016!
  • First attempt at snowboarding... a few seconds before the constant falls
    First attempt at snowboarding... a few seconds before the constant falls
  • Caught my first fish... might need to zoom in quite a bit to find it.
    Caught my first fish... might need to zoom in quite a bit to find it.
  • Cascade Peak Hike in Upstate NY
    Cascade Peak Hike in Upstate NY
I love making simple artistic depictions/animations of complicated science to reach out to broad audiences.
I love making simple artistic depictions/animations of complicated science to reach out to broad audiences.