Abhishek Roy: An Introduction

Hello everyone! I'm really excited and truly honored to be a part of the Cal Energy Corps for this summer! My name is Abhishek, and I'm looking forward to gettinng to know more about all of you! 

I'm an international student from Mumbai, India. I've lived there my whole life, and I absolutely love the city. If any of you come to India, or Mumbai, feel free to hit me up! 

I'm double majoring in Economics and Data Science. I'm really passionate about conducting research and working at the intersection of Sustainability, Business, Economics, and Machine Learning. I love all these subjects and feel in this generation, there is an ever-increasing need to use these to find inter-disciplinary and impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems with the environment, safety, health, and energy sustainability. I'm stoked to get a chance to be working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where I'll learn a lot about using Reinforcement Learning to make buildings more energy efficient.

Apart from that, I love traveling. I've been fortunate enough to be able to travel to about 25 countries and love to immerse myself in different cultures and eat local food. I'm also reasonably proficient in Spanish and French, other than English, Bengali, and Hindi. 

I'm passionate about music and enjoy listening to Classic Rock, Hip-Hop, and Blues. I'm also a trained percussionist, having played the Tabla (Indian drums) for over 9 years and Western drums for 2 years. I can also play the Bongo and Congo and am planning on starting guitar lessons this year.

I love swimming and playing badminton. I also enjoy going to the gym at least thrice a week, so hit me up if you want to play a sport or just want to workout.

Reading and writing are my most enduring hobbies. I've published books and articles and am working on two other novels. I love reading Science Fiction and Literary Fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Haruki Murakami, Isaac Asimov, Amitav Ghosh, Dan Brown, and H. P. Lovecraft.

This is a short introduction about myself. I'd love to meet and get to know more about each and every one of you! Excited to be a part of this!