What inspired your achievements:
Wow, big question. I think I find a lot of joy in existing - just appreciating the tiny details of life and little moments I spend with people. That said, I understand that many people don't have the freedom to enjoy existing so much, whether that's because of disease, disability, or other hardship that makes existence more difficult. That's what inspires me to build new technologies that help give people the freedom to live out their dreams under their own power. Hopefully, I can do this in a more significant way in the future!
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
Take the time to look for things that get you excited and optimistic about the future! Whether that's in your work, your classes, news articles you read, YouTube, or whatever. Find a vision of the future that you can enjoy working towards. If it's compelling enough to make you work on it, then maybe you'll get to live in that future one day, which would be awesome.
Also, be a kid sometimes. Play hide and seek! Be curious! It's fun!
“Survival is insufficient.” - Emily St. John Mandel
Biggest role models or inspirations:
I'm inspired by my brother's ability to make the most of the little moments of life, Elon Musk's ability to inspire incredible teams to build an exciting future and, lastly, I'm most inspired by the awesome people I meet every day - people who don't get much limelight but are all total badasses (am I allowed to say that?) who care a lot about the world.
My actual favorite hobby is doing dumb stuff. Have you ever tried bouncing bouncy balls down a seven-story spiral staircase? 10/10 would recommend.
Martial Arts Tricking! It's this crazy sport that combines gymnastics, martial arts, and capoeira in a super-fun art form that makes you feel like you're flying. My little brother and I train together (though he's way better than me).
I hope to build neurotechnologies and biological interfaces to solve major challenges for people with degenerative diseases or disabilities.