Dreaming inspires the heart, motivating us to overcome the adamantine obstacles that inevitably arise. Seeing my mother’s hard work and success as a doctor, I dreamed of being an engineer when I was in high school. I have been inspired by the success of my family members who are recognized and decorated for their medical research.
In the early 1940s, my grandmother was the first woman in the entire Indian state of Jind, India to graduate with an undergraduate degree. My parents received the BC Roy Award, the highest honor doctors can receive in India, from the country’s president. My father also received the Padma Shri award, which recognizes contributions by citizens in various fields including arts, education, science and others.
After getting my engineering degree from Thapar University in Patiala, India, I started working as a software developer. Despite my 60-hour work weeks, I made it a priority to pursue a postgraduate degree in finance and information technology, to grow in my career.
I pursued an even bigger dream – to become an entrepreneur – so I pursued a full-time MBA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Subsequently, I worked in supply chain management and project management, using my knowledge acquired in business school. Although my lack of career progression baffled me for almost a decade, I kept going.
SEIZE THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
Always looking for opportunities, I applied to several doctoral programs in the United States. I jumped at the chance to get a doctorate. in Computer Science last year from the University of North Texas, Denton.
Before joining the university’s doctoral program, I was doing research in its Multimedia Information Group laboratory. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and then exploded around the world, I was already working on solving medical image diagnostic problems using artificial intelligence in the lab. I have seen the need and potential benefits of COVID-19 research using artificial intelligence on lung imaging.
For my long hours of focused work on groundbreaking science, I have received several international accolades, awards, and accolades. I recently won the award for best presentation for research on the use of artificial intelligence to assess the severity of COVID-19 in patients to aid in diagnosis at the 2021 International Conference on the Treatment of digital images and the 2021 International Conference on Biomedical Imaging, Signal Processing.
I have presented and published my work in peer-reviewed journals and conference papers on COVID-19, addressing diagnosis, triage, localization and quantification of disease severity with superior generalizability using machine learning analyzes on lung imaging. My pioneering research was conducted in the laboratory of UNT’s Multimedia Information Group. He used supervised deep learning approaches in automated image analysis.
Research is essential not only for COVID-19, but for all diseases that show up in lung imaging. My work can help doctors more efficiently and accurately diagnose the coronavirus and assess its severity.
I have completed my doctorate. in record time – three years – with a perfect score of 4.0.
THE SECRET SAUCE
Sometimes sheer luck can lead to isolated instances of success, but hard work always prevails to ensure lasting success. Constant hard work, perseverance, forbearance, patience, satisfaction, tenacity, self-belief, self-confidence and faith in God make up my secret sauce to success.
Such qualities shape our character and help remove obstacles. Three years ago my 10 year old daughter was an average student. After seeing me working so hard happily, she became inspired and surprised me. She suddenly became an academic genius, winning several awards including the School President’s Award, as well as medals in extracurricular activities and a victory in the school spelling bee.
My tenacity, persistent hard work, higher education, and self-confidence have allowed me to succeed in becoming a proud single parent and owner. I invited several middle school and high school girls to my graduation ceremony in December.
My successful work and research in computer vision and deep neural networks at school and more recently at CVS Health, where I work as a data scientist, has made a difference and boosted local economic growth, corporate and national.
My advice to young people is if there’s something you love and have always wanted to do, then go ahead and try it. Do it with your heart and your soul. Persevere and achieve your dreams.
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