Meet our Students

Our talented students make our department great

The following are testimonials from some of our students.


Sai Teja Peddinti, PhD Computer Science

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"The School of Engineering gives you the option to work in startup companies, and even start one of your own. The incubators that NYU offers are great. Even the faculty are intent on building systems that can impact thegeneral public.

It’s very hard sometimes to validate the research ideas on your own. In every specialization, PhD and MS students often organize weekly meetings in which they bounce ideas off of each other and critique. Faculty members also drop in to hear the students’ ideas and to offer support.

The school encourages collaboration and offers many opportunities to build relationships with faculty and fellow students."


Edward Melcer, PhD Computer Science

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"I am currently at an internship at eBay Research Labs in San Jose. I'm in the process of designing playful experiences for users through shopping in order to make the experience more gameful and to interest new users.

We are also conducting ethnographic research. I work with two other PhD students to study thrift-store shopping habits—what particular groups are driven by what elements of shopping at a thrift store.

My primary focus is educational video games. I work closely with Prof. Katherine Isbister to create emotional assessment tools for video games that gauge the users' emotions while they play."


Urvashi Soni, MS Computer Science

"My goal is to learn and contribute as much as I can for the computer science world and society. I work with Prof. Justin Cappos on the Seattle Project. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I'm learning a lot.

The School of Engineering is one of the best schools in the US, especially for computer science. Every professor I've had has been so proficient in their field that it's a privilege to learn from them."


Eason Smith, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering

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"I'm a member of NYU Tandon's Lunabotics Team, a robotic mining competition team sponsored by NASA. It's a competition held once a year at Kennedy Space Center.

There are six people on the team right now. We all have different majors—some of us major in physics, math, mechanical and electrical engineering.

The team gives me great hands-on experience, while I am still in school, to prepare me for a career in aerospace robotics.”


Jeyavijayan Rajendran, PhD Computer Engineering

"A great aspect about the School of Engineering is that it's part of NYU. That means that we have the opportunity to work with other schools affiliated with NYU. I've worked with students at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and at the NYU Stern School of Business.

Working in computer engineering can sometimes stretch into other types of expertise and require the help of other types of professionals. We have the option to use that resource here."


Shannon Li, BS/MS Computer Science

"I'm in the dual major BS/MS program and it's pretty rigorous! It was one of the many reasons why I decided to attend the School of Engineering.

I'm am interested in the field of Artificial Intelligence and am looking to do research in the future. All of the classes I've taken have provided me with a lot of practical knowledge and projects to work on.

I enjoy attending the School of Engineering. We have a diverse student body and I'm happy to be a part of it."


Emily Wicki, BS Computer Science

"The atmosphere is what made me decide to attend the School of Engineering.

When I was in high school, I first thought I was going to major in French. I attended a CSAW event my junior year of high school and discovered I enjoyed the computer sciences. Everyone at CSAW was so supportive and friendly—I really wanted to experience that kind of community.

All degree levels, from the Bachelors to the PhDs, use the research labs. Regardless of our differences in levels, we work together in the labs and learn off of each other."