Hi, I’m Amal. I like to make things.
I am an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying in the College of Engineering. My interests span across the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Design, writing, running, and adventure.
I had the opportunity to study and pursue my interests in high school at The Doon School in Dehradun, India, and it was there that I began my work on numerous design projects—from the visual design of various magazines and my School’s Yearbook, to 3D designs for playground structures for a company I interned at.
In the 10th Grade, as part of my ICSE Computer Applications project, I built a personal assistant named Paul. It was pretty primitive, using dictionaries and keywords as opposed to NLP to process commands, and its closest competitor would probably be Apple’s Siri. Although I took a momentary break from programming after 10th Grade, I have returned to simple tasks like writing scripts to hasten repetitive tasks I perform on my laptop (and now, the creation of this website!).
In the 11th and 12th Grades, I had the opportunity to lead the production of several publications in School. I headed the design of The Doon School Yearbook in 2017 and 2018 as Chief of Design. I was the Editor-in-Chief of the School’s technology-themed magazine, ds. Tech, in 2017, and I led the production of the School’s premier Arts magazine, VIBGYOR, as Editor-in-Chief in 2018. I also enjoyed working in various student-led councils and committees in School to discuss and tackle problems related with academic dishonesty, quality of life, and student welfare.
When I’m inspired or pondering over an idea, I typically share my thoughts on Medium. Occasionally, I also find an interesting dataset, and construct a data visualisation which somebody (hopefully!) may find useful.
Apart from work, I have enjoyed running, trekking in the Himalayas, and playing sports throughout my high school years, and I look forward to pursuing the same in the future.
It is the creative process—ideation, making things, breaking things, and fixing things—that gives me reasons to be happy, upset, moody, and ecstatic all at the same time, and it is the little things—pulling out my hair when a single line of code produces an unknown bug, or leaping around in glee as I arrive at a solution hours later—that make every day so interesting and worth living.
Thank you for visiting my website, and I hope you are doing well. I would love to talk with you about any ideas, receive your feedback, rant about capitalism, or simply exchange memes.
—Amal Bansode (26/05/2019)
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