Hey Arjun! Welcome to the team as Opsani’s Engineer Intern. What’s your major?

I’m pursuing a joint major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to major in computer science, but as I’ve gotten deeper into math in college I’ve grown to love it even more. I believe it’s extremely valuable, particularly when dealing with optimization.

Why exactly do you believe math is valuable when dealing with cloud optimization?

At their core, optimization problems are math problems. They require an understanding of calculus and linear algebra, and very often statistics and probability to evaluate the data that we are optimizing against. Computers are great at obscuring away all that math for us because they are so powerful, but if you really want to understand how an optimizer works, you need to understand the math.

Why are you interested in Opsani?

I’ve been fascinated by machine learning and optimization techniques for a while now, and it’s cool to see all of that come together in a really meaningful way. Opsani enables its customers to focus on their product and what’s truly important to them while optimizing the performance of their product, which is really cool. From what I know, because the whole cloud paradigm is so new, most companies don’t really know or think about the right ways to utilize their cloud compute, so I think Opsani really has the potential to change the game here.

What is your past work experience / experiences like?

Last summer I was a Software Engineering Intern at PayPal, where I did front-end development. I really enjoyed that experience since it was my first formal internship and I didn’t really know much about front-end development. I spent a lot of time that summer learning, not just about technical skills, but also about what it’s like to work in a large established company. This summer, I wanted to try and work at a smaller company where I could learn just as much, if not more, and could contribute in a truly impactful way.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given is from one of my cross-country coaches, who told me that growth is not a linear thing. This advice came in the context of running, where a lot of people expect there to be a direct correlation between hard work and performance, which isn’t necessarily the case. Many times growth and success seem to be sporadic, and even somewhat random. I’ve found that this advice generalizes to real life as well, where success is often stochastic and things don’t always go the way you envisioned they might. It’s important in these times to understand that this is all a part of the process. This advice has enabled me to continue to believe in myself during hard times and to continue to work hard through it all.  

What is your favorite activity to do when you’re not working?

This one is easy for me. Since middle school I’ve been running cross-country and track and I’m currently on my college’s varsity teams. Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, but it motivates me to work harder. When I’m stressed or upset, I always find that a good fast run clears my mind and makes me feel so much better.