I am a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech pursuing my interest in human-computer interaction in the Computer Science department. I am a member of Third Lab. I am also a graduate teaching assistant in CS 1014: Introduction to Computational Thinking.

My primary interest is in designing and studying technologies for empowerment. I take an approach that is embedded at the grassroots level focused on eliciting community values. I am currently involved in two major research projects. The first project is called Chem+C where we have designed curriculum and accompanying computer simulations to help students synergetically learn chemistry and computational thinking. In addition to studying cognitive aspects of learning science and computational thinking, in this project, we are also concerned about equity and social justice. In the second project, I am studying organizations dedicated to preventing sex-trafficking and helping trafficking survivors in Nepal.

Before Virginia Tech, I worked at PayPal where I was part of the team developing and maintaining transaction history overview and transaction details page. I completed my undergraduate from NIT-Allahabad majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. I am from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Feel free to contact me at aakashg [at] vt [dot] edu.