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MADHAVAN MURALI, Polymath of Mechanical engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

College/Employer: University of Rochester

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

If everyone had a natural habitat, mine would be the fabrication studio. I love it when two different subjects combine into one subject, and I always love learning and trying new things. I also believe in education through interaction. Having fun while learning, in my opinion, is much more useful than sitting in a chair and listening to a lecture. I have had experience with electronics and computer programming as a mechanical engineer, but I also dabble into art, entrepreneurship, and music as well.

Past Classes

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H135: Introduction to Indian Culture Through Reading Hindi and Sanskrit in Stratosphere Summer 2020 (Jun. 06 - 27, 2020)
India is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations, and the Hindi script has been around for 5000 years. In this course, we will go over everything you need to know about how to read Hindi as well as learn about important aspects of Indian culture through it. Note that while we will not go into too much detail regarding grammar, you may learn a few survival phrases. This course is more focused on reading and speaking Hindi and cultural terms related to India.

S136: The Art of Asking "Why?" in Stratosphere Summer 2020 (Jun. 06 - 27, 2020)
Fact: any question lover should take this course. Why? Because any questions you have about questions will be answered. Why? It satisfies the curious mind always wondering how something actually works or the type of person that doesn't accept "Because I said so" as an answer. Why? Because this course finds out the deepest limits of human knowledge and exploration, and why we should never stop playing the "Why game".

R107: Scripts and Cultures Around the World in Splash Spring 2020 (Mar. 28, 2020)
Ever wanted to learn how to write your name in another very cool alphabet? Interested in learning about another culture and their languages? Do you like to travel to exotic countries? If you said yes, then this course is the right one for you! Learn how to write in one of 9 different languages: -Arabic -Bengali -Greek -Hebrew -Hindi -Korean -Japanese -Russian -Tamil Note: This is not a course that teaches survival skills in other languages, although you may learn a few vocabulary words and survival phrases.

E110: Automaton Puzzles in Splash Spring 2020 (Mar. 28, 2020)
If you've ever watched the movie Hugo, you'd know about the Maillardet automaton. But you'd be surprised to find out how much you can do without modern electricity. In this course, we will be building and understanding ancient automaton using cardboard and plastic and robot kinematics and gear assembly knowledge. Some of the things we will be building include a grandfather clock that pours tea, a book with dancers on it that open a lock, and a camera that controls groups of mechanical fish!