Abhisheak Iyer, 2006 Computer Science graduate from BITS Pilani is the recipient of “The Donald V. Jackson Fellowship” for 2009. The fellowship is established by Jeannie Jackson in memory of her husband, Don Jackson, a 1971 Masters graduate of IS and a 1965 Bachelors graduate in Mathematics at Georgia Tech University. The fellowship is awarded to a computer science student who demonstrates qualities of academic excellence with leadership. About 200-300 students compete for the fellowship every year. Congratulations Abhisheak :)
Abhisheak is currently working in Computing for Good (C4G) group at Georgia Tech. The group works on the belief - ‘technology could make the lives of the underprivileged better’. Abhisheak works with Prof. Santosh Vempala to develop a Web-Based Homeless Shelter Occupancy system with a centralized database to assist the UWMA - United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s (a Non Profit Organization) “Shelter-to-Home” and “Street-to-Home” programs in ending chronic homelessness. His system has the potential to save approximately $90,000 per year in operating costs for UWMA.
His message to BITSians on campus: “One thing that I have learnt from this project is that - technology could be made reachable and affordable to the poor and I definitely feel similar projects could be started in BITS too.”