Michael Batavia

  • B.S. in Computer Science

Michael Batavia using a yellow hat

Global Challenge: Data Science/AI/Robotics and Emerging Media

In the future, I wish to be an entrepreneur in a start-up that challenges clichés and attacks problems at their root cause. This type of thinking is rare among individuals and can only taught by doing projects and learning by failure.



I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY but have roots across Eastern Europe. Ever since I was younger, I was intrigued in chasing the American Dream of finding a problem that everyone experiences in their daily lives and solving it with the risk and success that every entrepreneur feels when starting their own business. 

From that point on, my computer science experience has revolved around solving such problems. I became a 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search semifinalist due to my work in finding a novel way to identify breast cancer using convolutional neural networks. I was also the 1st place winner of the Congressional App Challenge for my work in developing an app to help prevent COVID-19 infections during the heat of the pandemic. I am currently working at NYU Langone Health; tasked with finding a way for the blind to navigate construction sites in busy metropolises. Aside from research, I am an avid runner and like to travel; I can name nearly every NYC subway station today! I can’t wait to seek out the global experiences that will await me in the GLASS program.