Vikram Ramanathan
Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by the Cockrell School of Engineering
Chevron Enrichment Award
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2020
Austin, TX
High School
Westwood High School

The dense, colorful amalgam of math, engineering, and computer science continues to fascinate and inspire me. I find defining and solving problems with an interdisciplinary mindset to be incredibly stimulating. Here at UT, I spend the majority of my time playing in the ultimate interdisciplinary sandbox: autonomous robotics. Beyond academics and research, I am an appointee of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Advisory Board, a platform through which I have been able to aid our faculty in reforming the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum. I am also an avid reader and a fan of playing almost any sport—especially made-up ones.

Mechanical Engineering Honors

Other Academic Interests
Certificate in Robotics and Mechatronics; Mathematics

Extracurricular Activities
- Undergraduate Researcher, Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group, UT Austin
- ME Undergraduate Advisory Board (ME UAB)

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
Forty Acres Scholars Program is The University of Texas at Austin’s free all you-can-eat buffet. The fact that it’s free encourages you to attend it but, once you are there, you don’t think about how much you are saving for the food you eat. You think about what you want to eat and if there is any limit to how much you can possibly eat. Similarly, we barely think about the funding we receive because we are simply overwhelmed by the amount of opportunities the program opens to us. By giving us access to a large alumni network, this program gives us the chance to learn from experienced and accomplished individuals in their respective fields. By funding our experiences abroad, FASP encourages us to have rich and unique experiences in places typically out of our comfort zone. By bringing together an amazingly helpful and loving staff as well as some of the most adventurous and creative students from across the U.S., this program gives us invaluable memories that embellish our college experience.