2015 Scholar Profile: Neerajen Sritharan
Neerajen Sritharan is one of the 2015 Andrew Rok Foundation Scholars. “I am extremely honoured. As I will be paying for the majority of my education, this scholarship has really helped out my financial situation.”
Neerajen describes himself as a very curious individual. And just like Andrew Rok, he does not settle for “good enough.” Neerajen constantly works to further better himself, whether in technical skills such as programming, or in soft skills, including project management and teamwork. To be constantly improving requires open-mindedness and perseverance, two more values that are very important to him.
Neerajen's appreciation of these values stem from his practise of karate. He has been learning karate for twelve years, and currently volunteers as an assistant instructor at the Crescent Town Club, teaching karate in a high-risk neighbourhood. Neerajen has won many national tournaments and now competes on the international stage, representing Canada at the 2013 Koshiki Karate World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, and June 2014 championships at Western University.
His love for learning and dedication has led him to succeed academically. He is a student in the TOPS Program at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, a highly-competitive program focusing on the mathematics and sciences. Even with the rigorous workload, Neerajen obtained a 96 percent average last semester and has self-studied for four Advanced Placement exams to date, receiving a perfect score on all.
Neerajen's interest in software led him to co-found Radiance Labs, a mobile and web development company. So far, they have released ChatStats, a mobile app that analyzes SMS conversation statistics. Radiance Labs is also working on a mobile board game and an open-source communications API.
Over the summer, Neerajen will be working at Sunnybrook Research Institute as a software development intern. He will then be attending the University of Waterloo, pursuing a degree in Software Engineering.