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Ahalya Mandana

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Ahalya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering from M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (Bangalore, India) in June 2017. Among her undergrad courses, Microcontrollers, Modern Control Theory, Control Systems and Advanced Industrial Automation were the ones that really sparked her interest in how things work, and that led her to the field of robotics.

In her third year, she chose to work on her first robotics project as part of a team for E-Yantra 2015, an all-India robotics competition conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). Their team was judged to be among the top 10 teams in India in the category of Recyclable Waste Management robots.

For her final undergraduate project in 2017, she was part of a team that developed a prototype of a medical and home assistant robot, designed for elderly people. The prototype was built using a Raspberry Pi 3 board and an Arduino Uno board, and was programmed using Python. While researching for the project, she also became familiar with the MATLAB and Simulink Robotics System Toolbox for simulating simple robotic linkages.

She is keen to explore the wide range of ways that a robotics degree can be applied - in fields like affordable robotic limbs, robot teaching aids for children, as well as industrial robotics, and even smart homes. During her time as an MSR student, she hopes to gain the necessary skills in mechatronics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning to prepare her for a career in robotics.

Ahalya enjoys writing and spent the summer of 2016 as an intern for the editorial team of Electronics For You, a Indian electronics magazine. Her articles were featured in the print and digital editions of the magazine. When she has a bit of free time, she's usually reading, doodling, baking, or running.