- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
chemistry, physics, machine learning, computational modeling, programming, quantum chemistry
Applied machine learning on chemical datasets to predict new drugs
Use publicly available datasets of drug-like molecules and their activity for specific targets to predict new drugs that are more active than those already known. For example, try to predict the efficacy of new cancer therapeutics. This project will give you hands on experience with different types of machine learning algorithms and teach you how to select the best algorithm for a particular problem. Prerequisite: Experience in R or python is preferred though other languages could be suitable and basic chemistry/biology.
Write a detailed research proposal for your dream project
The topic could be anything and the proposal will be very impressive when you are applying for jobs or schools in the future. Writing a good research proposal is crucial in academia so it's never too late to start trying. Also, the process will motivate you to become an expert on the topic and help you become a more concise writer. Prerequisite: None.
Arduino based self-driving car
In this project, you will use a microcontroller, camera, electronics and an electric toy car sold on Amazon to make a self driving car. As an add-on, you can also buy a bluetooth chip and drive the car wirelessly. This was one of the first big projects I ever did with an Arduino which really excited me to learn more. Prerequisite: Some experience in C/C++ and basic physics.
Stock market prediction
Use an API to stream live data from the stock market and train different models to predict the future price of the stock. Use the data and calculated results to programmatically generate visualizations and show off the results! This project would be great for a resume but also could be useful for your own investments in the future. Prerequisite: Familiarity in some programming language
Scientific literature review about renewable energy or energy storage
Write a literature review about research on renewable energy technology and corresponding energy storage. You will read scientific publications and understand the strengths and weaknesses of each technology as well as suggest ideas that could help move the industry forward. A similar example is the article I coauthored here https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1821686116