After 4 years training as a power-lifter, I set the goal in 2020 to learn Olympic Weightlifting after moving back to Boston. This sport continues to push me to my mental and physical limit, yet I continue returning to the platform. My current objective throughout this Master's program is to find three days a week to train and stay as competitive as possible until I can compete again in a post COVID world.
My name is Neeraj (Raj) Basu and I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Since graduation I've spent time at Amazon Robotics, Procter & Gamble and Shark Robotics. After 4 years in industry holding roles in engineering, system architecture and product management, I've decided to pursue my Masters in Robotic Systems Development (MRSD) at Carnegie Mellon University.
My mission is to continue contributing to the design and
implementation of cutting edge robotics technology. I take every challenge as an opportunity to learn. There is absolutely nothing I enjoy more than taking the time to learn something new. I light up at the chance to play with electronics, robots or learn a new software language. In addition to that, I am an excellent team player, and very comfortable taking on leadership roles. Connect with me here, if you’d like to chat!
I also really enjoy indoor bouldering. The sport of rockclimbing is always a second priority when compared to weightlifting, but I love checking out climbing gyms whenever I can. I still have a long way to go with this sport, but here's a video of me hitting a Dyno at a climbing gym in Winchester Virginia!
In addition to indoor climbing, I love to hike! While the actual process of hiking can be very strenuous, it's always worth it once I've hit the peak. Below is a photo of some friends and I completing the arduous climb of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. Despite warnings from the Park Ranger, we attempted this climb without spiked shoes and fortunately lived to tell the tale.
Finally, my most hidden interest: card magic. Specifically sleight of hand. I've certainly lost a number of days to practicing card sleights and flourishes. Not to mention the time I've lost binge watching Penn and Teller's Fool-Us!