Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

May 27, 2014

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Deepan Saravanan is going to be one of those young men who works at a job nobody heard of two decades ago.

“As a kid I was a robot nut,” recalls the Thanjavur, India, native who moved to Batesville in second grade. “Movies like ‘iRobot’ and ‘Terminator’ always caught my attention because they depicted machines, thought by most of the world as inanimate, as conscious beings. As my interest deepened, I researched more into the topic and realized that human-like intelligence may be simulated through neural networks.”

“Ever since sixth grade, I wanted to be a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence.” A future career will combine that with entrepreneurship.

With the help of a Penn Grant, he will attend the University of Pennsylvania to double-major in networked and social systems engineering, a relatively new major focusing on digital networks, and economics.

His family (parents Sambanda and Viji Saravanan and sibling Kavin, 11) attends the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati. As a transplant, the teen observes, “I would like to thank the Batesville community for all it has done for me. It has taken me in as one of its own, and I greatly appreciate such acts of kindness it has shown throughout my school life.”

Awards: Indiana Academic-All Star nomination; third in State Science Competitions; Student of the Year in Algebra II, precalculus and physics; Biology I award

Standout educator: Mr. Charlie Raab and I have discussed a myriad of concepts from theology to quantum physics. He has never ceased to impress me in how much energy he has. Moreover, Mr. Raab helped me greatly with chemistry, and through his help, I was able to score a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam.

Top school groups: I have held leadership positions in the Academic Team (as Interdisciplinary Team captain and Science Team co-captain) and Key Club (as former lieutenant governor and current vice president), and I have enjoyed both to a ludicrous degree.

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