My academic journey has been possible only because of direct and indirect support from various individuals and organizations. I am very thankful to them:

-The tax payers of India for supporting my middle to early high-school education at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Patiala

-The Pestalozzi International Foundation, UK and the numerous donors for supporting my International Baccalaureate Diploma studies in the United Kingdom

-Numerous donors and the Paul E. Gray Undergraduate Research Fund for supporting my undergraduate education and research at MIT

-The Carl and Betty Helmholz Gateway Fellowship at International House, UC Berkeley

-Sunil Nagaraj, Landon Noll, the Otellini family, and the tax payers of the state of California for funding part of my graduate studies at UC Berkeley