A House Tour With Matt

This Tuesday, we get a house tour from Matt, whose living situation is a little different than the average student’s.

Housing is interesting this year. My girlfriend Stephanie is working with graduate housing, but nothing has opened up yet, and housing in La Jolla can be expensive. My first thought was to buy a Volkswagen Van. The thought was to park it on campus and have a convenient space to sleep, cook, and study. However, the van was also very expensive. Instead, my mom found an ambulance online for a decent price. We bought it and everything was perfect. It even had a big flat screen and a table for studying. In particular, I liked the light bar and emergency lights – very handy in case I found myself late for class and stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, the smog certification that came with the ambulance was invalid. The original owner had removed all of the pollution control systems, so we returned it before the start of school for our money back. It was definitely fun while it lasted.

Now, we are staying on a beautiful sailboat in San Diego Bay. Commuting is not bad if you leave before and after rush hour. 


October Updates – Sandeep

Today Sandeep gives us a rundown on his favorite classes, as well as the craziness of keeping up with the quarter system and hunting for internships.

At this point in the quarter, classes are going alright. I was fortunate enough to only have one round of midterms this quarter. After those were over, I was pretty happy that I could now just focus on regular school work. Of course, with the quarter system, it’s always easy to feel like you’re behind. This quarter especially, it has become very commonplace for me to fall behind because I’ve been out interviewing onsite at companies like Microsoft and Salesforce for the latter parts of the previous few weeks. It feels great to take a few days off school to go interview at companies, however, once you go back to school, those few days off come back to bite you :). I have been able to catch up since, and now, when I know I’ll be absent for these kinds of events, I try to get a head start on class material. 

I would say that my favorite teacher right now is Professor Yuanyuan. She teaches CS120: Operating Systems, which is my favorite class so far. The reason I like it so much is because the stuff you learn in that class is pretty mind blowing. Understanding how to write programs that play well with multiple threads and the underlying system on which you applications run can really make you a better programmer. Furthermore, it is a subject that is very applicable to my line of work in the future. Of the computer science classes that I’ve taken so far, this is the one that seems to be the most practical, and the professor presents all this complex material in a way that is approachable. For example, to explain why synchronization of threads is important, she did a demo with two students representing threads and candy representing a computing resource they are competing for. Haha, I just realized this sounds like a Cape Review, but anyways, that’s my favorite class and teacher this quarter.  

Taking a break from classes – Yahoo Diwali Party

Last weekend, me and a couple friends decided to wake up early on a Sunday morning (pretty crazy right?) to do some hiking at Black Mountain. It was a pretty nice experience; a great way to take a break from solving circuit problems and enjoy the great outdoors, post midterms week.

Weekend hike

October Updates – Matt

Catch up with Matt and what he was up to this October! Matt has an interesting housing situation this year. Currently, he is living with his girlfriend on a sailboat in San Diego Bay, and commuting to school and work each day. Living on a boat definitely makes for an atypical Halloween experience!

Halloween was not your usual Halloween this year. As it turns out, no one really trick or treats on sail boats ☹, but maybe we could start something here ☺ !

Halloween on the boat

So for Halloween, we actually celebrated twice. First we went to Carnival of the Cursed to see my girlfriend, Stephanie’s friend Chava perform. This was interesting since it was a first for both of us seeing a show of this type. Below are a few pictures to give you an idea. 

Photo credit @robrphoto

Next, my friend Marco, Stephanie, and I went to see a rock climbing film festival at UC San Diego’s Price Center Theater. 

The cover of the Reel Rock Film Festival. Click image for a link to the video and more information

Marco was enamored with the drone shots and filming. He is big on the outdoors and does everything from extreme off-roading to scuba diving. 

Some of the crazy stuff Marco does. Click the image for the link to a quick video

October Updates – Sanjay

Now that you have met all of our students it’s time to see what they do on a daily basis. We touched base with our students to see what they were up to during the month of October. Here is Sanjay’s October update!

What I did this month – Travelling. A lot of travelling. So unfortunately, while I don’t have a lot of pictures of San Diego/La Jolla or the campus for this month, I do have some snaps of where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. I flew to Portland, Oakland, and drove up to Monterey and UCLA on four separate occasions this month to test the product I’ve been working on at my own startup company. We visited four support groups for patients with Essential Tremor at these locations, and also got to see some sights and sounds.

Meet the Students – Sanjay

Last but not least, meet Sanjay!

Hi everyone,

My name is Sanjay! I’m from the United Arab Emirates, and I came to America four years ago to study Bioengineering at UC San Diego. Currently, I’m enrolled as a Masters student in Electrical Engineering here, and have amassed quite a number of projects and teams that I work with regularly on campus. I’m a musician, so I end up hanging out at the college radio station KSDT a lot, where I used to serve as the Audio Engineer. I currently work as the Chief Design Officer at a start-up that I began during my senior design project called TremorEnd, that focuses on creating a wearable medical device for patients afflicted with movement disorders known as tremors. 

Other than that, I’m 22 years old, a full-blooded Leo, and I love hiking, camping, and exploring nature in general. My goals beyond school and work include making a hit record, visiting every national park in America, and figuring out how to open a bottle of Afrin nasal spray. 


Meet the Students – Hamna

Today meet Hamna!


I’m Hamna. I’m a fifth year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering. I’m passionate about using knowledge and empathy to help others. I enjoy reading books on topics covering the whole spectrum. I love to SWEAT! Whether it is doing yoga, hiking, running, or climbing, I love a good challenge to improve my strength and balance. I hope you enjoy the content I’ll be sharing with you all. Come and get a glimpse of my crazy, fantastic life!



IEEE tabling for the new school year
Hiking Iron Mountain

Meet the Students – Sandeep

This Wednesday we meet one of Life on Warren Mall’s undergraduate students, Sandeep.

Hello! My name is Sandeep Raghunandhan, and I’m a 3rd year student studying Computer Engineering at UCSD. In my free time, I love working on web applications as side projects and hanging out with friends. I also love going out to places to eat, but who doesn’t?

Meet the Students – Colin

Today Life on Warren Mall introduces Colin!

What’s up Nerds!

I am Colin, a masters student in the ECE Department at UCSD. I completed my undergraduate at UCSD, with a depth in (Wireless) Communication Systems, and in graduate studies am specializing in Circuits and Systems – including antennas and communication systems, but my real passion is projects. As a former Technical Chair of our campus IEEE branch, I created workshops that introduced students to hands-on technical skills. Now I am a director for Project in a Box’s R&D division, where I manage student teams developing projects for ECE curriculum, and keep myself an active tinkerer with my thesis research project: Transmission of Touch. It centers around a wearable glove that allows the user to experience remote sensations – either feeling what a robotic arm feels, or receiving haptic feedback from a fully-immersive Virtual Reality environment, with organic actuators from the Lipomi Lab in the Nanoengineering department. My main aspiration for my career is that it feeds my creativity; I won’t accept repetitive, constraining tasks when I could be inventing things. I love coffee, kittens, and clearly – making fun!

First successful circuit
Colin loves cats! This is Kuro

Meet the Students – AJ

Happy Monday everyone! To start off this week, Life on Warren Mall introduces another ECE student.

My name Is Armin Jamshidi, who goes by the name AJ. He is majoring in Electrical Engineer with a minor in physics.

Developing creative and innovative engineering projects is a favorite pastime of mine and I’m excited that I get to pass this passion on to other students as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ quarterly projects chair. You can usually find me working late nights at the lab, skating around campus, or beating my friends at table tennis (most of the time).

Meet the Students – Achint

To close off the week, Life on Warren Mall introduces Achint!

Hi! My name is Achint and I am currently a third year student studying Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. As a developer and designer, I focus on the importance of creating a strong product in terms of both development and user experience. During my downtime you can find me exploring the newest coffee shops and drinking some variation of earl grey tea. When I’m feeling more active, I like to workout! Right now, my latest obsession is bouldering.