Get to Know Your New ME Faculty: Raghu Bollapragada

March 19, 2021
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Dr. Raghu Bollapragada is currently an Assistant Professor in the Walker Department of Engineering. His is a part of the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering program on optimization methodologies and machine learning.

Jamie Warner 

 Q&A with Raghu Bollapragada

Q: What is your home state or country?
A: Southern India

Q: How do you deal with Zoom fatigue?
A: Try to get up between meetings if you can. Even if there is overlap between meetings, try to ask for at least five minutes to get up and take a break.

Q: What have you been binging during quarantine?
A: Classic sitcoms, even re-watching a series that I’ve seen before.

Q: What are you looking forward to most in 2021?
A: I’m looking forward to working with the students that were not able to join our group in 2020. I also forward to getting to travel back to India to see my family.

Q: What would you say to prospective students who might be interested in Mechanical Engineering?
A: It’s always good to know what’s happening in the field right now. If you are unsure, take a look at the big picture and how each area of mechanical is evolving. Also try to talk to as many people you can.

Q: What’s the best part about being a Longhorn?
A: The food. With Austin being so multi-cultural, I can step out and get any cuisine that I want!