I, Sujit Reddy Thumma, am applying to the Master of Science (with Thesis) program at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech. My specialization interest is inclined towards areas of Energy efficient Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, and Hardware/Software co-design.
Thorough understanding and assimilation of fundamental concepts in physics and, the mathematics behind it, allowed me to secure a place in the top 0.3% (1190/400,000) in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Having glued to laws of Electromagnetic Theory and enthusiastic about application of these laws in modern day digital communication technologies made my decision for undergraduate study in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) at IIT, Guwahati - a prestigious institute in India.
Cultivating my interests in wireless communication, I have taken up an internship project and supplemented it with undergraduate thesis in my senior year under the supervision of Dr. K. Rakhesh Singh, Department of ECE, IIT Guwahati. The thesis titled “Narrowband Interference (NBI) Detection and Mitigation in Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Radio Systems” had given me first taste of research. With strong foundation in signal processing and digital communication courses, term projects that involved implementing and optimizing an already existing idea, and deep dive into existing literature, a novel wavelet based spectral shaping technique is developed to mitigate NBI. The work is accepted for publication in International Conference on Emerging Trends and Applications in Computer Science (ICEATS), Shillong, India.
Even though I had keen interest to pursue master’s degree to explore more in digital communication after graduating from IIT Guwahati, I deferred my plans as my family needed my attention financially, and emotionally. I chose to gain industry experience and got selected in Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd., in June, 2010, to work in Core Board Support Package (BSP) team as an embedded storage driver developer for Snapdragon chipsets.
As smart phones and tablets surged exponentially in recent years my passion has turned towards development of system software for application processors, peripheral I/O modules, and in general mobile computing. Within a short period, I have built expertise in the entire Linux kernel - from Memory Management to File Systems to low-level device drivers. I have also demonstrated strong programming skills and contributed to the Linux kernel in these areas with code submissions. Participating in open source community discussions also allowed me to interact with people all around the world, and share ideas to develop kernel for most advanced operating systems.