Neel Rakholia


Neel Rakholia is an international student from Rajkot, India. He is a sophomore in the Engineering School, majoring in Applied Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Operations Research.

Last Spring he worked with Dr. Tess Russo at the Columbia Water Center (CWC) to analyze and model changes in groundwater levels in a region in India. He worked to representing data, how it changed over time, and how it could be modeled.

On campus he is involved with the Columbia chapter of Nourish International. He is also a part of Residential Incubator a program intended to foster entrepreneurial spirit in college students.

Neel has also represented India at several events including the International Junior Science Olympiad in 2009, World Robot Olympiad the following year, and International Conference for Sustainable Energy in Israel.

Aside from academics, he loves to play volleyball and swim. His passion for hiking has taken him on two school trips to the Himalayas during the past two years. And his passion for tennis and football knows no bounds—especially when Rafa and Barcelona win.

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