Karthik Rao (he/him/his)
Texas A&M University
NIST Research Intern
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
I am a graduating senior at Texas A&M University earning a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science with minors in Math and Cybersecurity. After graduating, I plan to pursue a PhD in condensed matter physics and my overall goal is to stay in physics and continue research.
I have had several research experiences at my home institution in areas such as computational chemistry, superconductivity, nuclear astrophysics, theoretical quantum optics, and deep learning. My biggest research experience involved creating a particle detector at the Cyclotron Institute to be used in nuclear astrophysics experiments involving detection of low energy heavy ions using indirect methods. I am really excited to be interning with NIST this summer.
Outside of research, I have served leadership positions in student organisations such as the Corps of Cadets, our local chapter of SPS, and such. I love to read, play video games, board games and DnD.