Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my website :) I currently work at Stripe as a software engineer and am a research intern at Cornell Tech with Professor Thijs Roumen. I recently graduated from
UC Berkeley studying Electrical
Engineering and Computer Sciences with minors in Data Science and Political Economy.
I am most interested in personal fabrication devices that democratize access to technology and shift the control of production from technical experts to communities. I am particularly interested in design tool accessibility to assist intermediate users in fabricating their own objects to fit their bodies, identities, and needs. With Thijs, I am researching ways of making software tools more closely reflect designer practices to make personalization from templates more intuitive. Earlier in 2022, I presented a paper in this direction to TEI '22 proposing a home appliance called Redycler that makes personal style sustainable and curated daily.
My work experience includes interning at Asana, Goldman Sachs, and Rally Health. I performed optimization research on wildfire detection and controls research in emergency response devices with Professor Alice Agogino. Under Eric Paulos's guidance, I was introduced to personal fabrication research and proposed Redycler as a way to change our clothing designs everyday. Apart from my technical work, I love spending time doing graphic art, (2D/3D) animation, dancing, and baking.
If you are interested in working together or want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me at ritikbatra[at]berkeley[dot]edu!