CHIRAG SHARMA
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ABOUT ME

I love approaching new areas of knowledge and gaining new perspectives on things I thought I understood well. And lately, I've found no shortness of opportunity to get exposed to new experiences and to learn by doing. 

Since starting my college career, I’ve learned so much from my peers, professors, and colleagues, but there's still a whole world of new experiences out there that I'm itching to get introduced to. I've enjoyed working on ideas with others in the past and I'm excited to see what new projects could benefit from my unique skill set.

Some tech roles that I've briefly explored in the past or that I find particularly interesting include working on predictive machine learning projects with large datasets, developing and implementing optimization and approximation algorithms, and engineering software for large-scale applications. On the academic front, I'm intrigued by the fields of quantum computing, cosmology, particle physics, and cryptography.

If anything you see here aligns with an area you work on or if you're looking for someone who's eager to learn and gain new skills on the job, I’d love to chat with you about how we might work together on something.

EDUCATION

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,
BERKELEY
August 2018 - May 2022
Bachelor's in Physics and Computer Science

GPA: 3.98/4.00

Organizations:
  • Sigma Eta Pi
    Co-ed entrepreneurship fraternity
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon
    Computer Science honor society
  • Weak Interactions Group
    Experimental particle physics research group

EXPERIENCE

SOFTWARE ENGINEER INTERN,
MICROSOFT

May 2020 - August 2020

  • Intern on the Bing Geocoding team in the Maps & Geospatial division.
  • Worked on a machine learning project to train and deploy ranking models for accurate result retrieval for queries in the Indian market.
  • Executed feature engineering and analysis and incorporated deep address parser signals in the training pipeline to obtain a ~10 point normalized DCG gain in Indian query ranking performance.
  • Developed and published a JS-based HitApp for manual ground truth judgement of Indian queries from logs.

COFOUNDER AND ENGINEER,
RENDEZNOUS

Sep 2019 - May 2020

  • Rendeznous is an app-based edtech startup aimed at helping students easily connect with study resources on college campuses.
  • Advanced build team in UC Berkeley Convergent's startup incubator program.
ACADEMIC INTERN,
UC BERKELEY EECS

Jan 2020 - May 2020

  • Academic course staff intern for CS 61B, an undergraduate data structures class at UC Berkeley.
  • Working alongside instructors to answer students’ questions in Office Hours.
COFOUNDER AND ENGINEER,
EMTRANSLATE

Jul 2019 - May 2020

  • EMTranslate is an app-based medtech startup aimed at helping first responders quickly and effectively communicate with low English proficiency patients.
  • Only undergrad finalists of the Fall 2019 cohort of Berkeley StEP, an 8-week pre-accelerator program.
  • Spring 2020 SkyDeck Hot Desk program start-up.
RESEARCHER,
WEAK INTERACTIONS GROUP

Dec 2018 - Present

  • Conducting research into sensor technologies as part of the CUORE collaboration searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay.
  • Worked on an independent project to build data acquisition, signal processing, and analysis software and construct a hardware setup for a CryoPMT detector.
  • Modeled the IV relationship for TES sensors in the normal and superconducting phases under various bias conditions.
RESEARCHER,
ULAB @ BERKELEY

Sep 2018 - May 2019

  • Designed and directed a particle physics project from the ground-up in a team as a member of the particle physics group of ULAB @ Berkeley, an undergraduate-run research organization.
  • Constructed and built CosmicWatch scintillation muon detectors to characterize the terrestrial incidence of cosmic ray muons based on angular and altitude dependence of flux.

SKILLS

Proficient

  • Object-oriented programming
  • Data engineering
  • Algorithm design
  • Classical and deep machine learning
  • Git and version control

Familiar

  • Experimental physics
  • Circuit design
  • Natural language processing
  • Cloud computation
  • App and web development

CONTACT ME