Residing in a small Himalayan town, Anurag was never away from nature. It taught him of the notion that technological evolution is basically an effort to manifest the perfection of nature. His bucket list towards bringing the best of two worlds – the biological(natural) and technological worlds together for the betterment of humanity originated here.
“As for inspiration, you just need to look around !”
Anurag felt profoundly for the lack of access to proper healthcare for majority of the population. He wanted to do something about it using his knowledge and bring out the best of two worlds of biology and technology. As for a personal inspiration, he lost his dearest grandma to a terrible heart disease. He felt this was the least that he could do to contribute, so that somewhere, another Anurag doesn’t need to lose his beloved grandma like he did. Anurag has improved upon a device that is meant to reduce the number of deaths due to heart diseases.
“Purdue University and Indiana University Health Campus which are among the top few in the world provided me with the perfect infrastructure, environment and a group of sincerely dedicated people to work with.”
This made the difficult journey in bringing out the best of two worlds relatively easy for him. For his bucket list feat he is grateful to what he learnt in India. He credits his guide, Prof. Goutam Mukhopadhyay emeritus, IIT Bombay. The professor trained him for what the graduate life in the States had to offer. The relentless support from family and friends was a important influence on his strife towards humanity.
His experience has been a lesson for him. Apparently, the only thing that’s changed for him is more work, responsibilities and opportunities. He had the opportunity to attend reputed conferences like the CTSI and American Heart Associations to present his findings before nobel laureates.
“If I had to advice, I’d ask people not to overthink, over-plan, and presuppose. You should acknowledge the fact that you can never take enough data into consideration to predict the outcome of your decision. It is our neuro-biological limitation. So when you wish to pursue any endeavor, please just do. When one tries, one unravels parts about themselves that they never knew they were amazing at. They also discover that they aren’t really good at things they thought they would be and in the process improve, our evolutionary duty,” says Anurag
Right now this bucket lister is working towards multiple projects on his mission to better humanity. His next bucket list has him working on devising a way to better detect, predict and obviate kidney diseases.
“Clinical trials will soon be underway to test my algorithm from the last project. We are hoping to achieve our aim to abate the mortality rate for end of stage heart failure patients with the help of Left Ventricular assist device to our desired number.”
Apart from hardcore mechanical engineering Anurag is working with the social science department on Neo-natal Abstinence Syndrome. The project aims at helping the newly born recuperate from the withdrawal effects(psychological). Such effects appear due to mothers who consume narcotics, opioids during pregnancy.