Nikhilas Murthy

Role: Member

Major: Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Science

Year: Class of 2021 (Junior)

Engineering is all about problem solving, and there are always plenty of problems in this world that need solutions. Becoming an engineer enables me to help find solutions that will better the lives of others, and that is important to me.

Hometown

Greenville, RI

Extracurricular Activities

  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Embedded Hardware Club
  • Club Tennis
  • Intro to Algorithms Undergrad Programming Mentor

Internships/Co-Ops

  • Spring 2019: Undergraduate Researcher, RPI Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory
  • Summer 2018: Development Analyst Intern, Hasbro Inc.

Favorite Quote

"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." -Mark Twain

Presentations

Mathematics and Path Finding Robots Other Presenters: Lily O'Halloran, Matthew Jahnes, David Glowny, Timothy Spafford, Jonathan Minchala, Emily Ortega, Alyssa Borges, Diana Klyuchnik

The presentation begins with examples and definitions of a robot, algorithm, and path finding. Then we start a small discussion on the applications of mathematics in robotics by providing examples of both simple and complex applications. We break mid-presentation for the hands on activity. The hands on activity mostly involves the simple equation: circumference * # of rotations = distance traveled. The end goal of the activity is to have the kids program a small NXT robot to move and pick up a ball without using trial and error. We give them a handout that has the recommended paths and distances the robot should cover as well as information on the dimensions of the robot so they can make the calculations. After the hands on activity we close the presentation with a short discussion on modeling the behavior of some small single celled organisms (E-coli) with mathematical algorithms as well as the future of path finding robotics (like autonomous cars).

Digital Sound Other Presenters: Rohan Cherian-Ashe, Amy Reynolds, Casey-Ellen Collette, Liam Fahey, Denver Overend, David Glowny, Mallory Gordon, Nickolas Ziter, Brook Rulewich, Timothy Spafford, Jane Edgington, Jonathan Minchala, Alyssa Borges, Samantha Wong, Diana Klyuchnik, Ian Steenstra

People rely on the engineering behind the science of sound everyday, whether its through listening to an Ipod, setting up speakers for a public event, or even through hearing aids. And yet, in this digital age, it is not clear to many people how exactly sound is stored in a digital device, what sound actually is, and how sound can be produced electronically. Therefore, this presentation displays and explains the intriguing engineering behind sound and its application in electronic devices.

Designing A Safe Roller Coaster Other Presenters: Louis Caponi, Casey-Ellen Collette, Rachel Stagnitti, Carly Nadler, Amy Reynolds, Andrew Gabbeitt, Skyler Lafemina, Hilary Fiorentino, Frederick Hole, Denver Overend, Zoe Westwater, Jane Edgington, Elizabeth Eckhardt, Lily O'Halloran, Jonathan Minchala

Roller coasters are engineering marvels that provide the ultimate physical experience, but some people are fearful to take a ride on one. While there are many reasons, this presentation dispels the myths of poor safety and inherent risk involved with riding roller coasters. Three main aspects are analyzed including the effects of forces on the body, particular track design considerations, and restraining systems implemented on different coaster types.