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Harsha Pavuluri
Class of 2017
Purdue University

“Lose because the other person got lucky or you had a bad day. Never lose because you get out-worked”

A close friend told me this. He turned out to be Zach Garrett, Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist. I carry these words with me in everything I do.

If I’m not in my house, you are almost guaranteed to find me in the technology lab. I spend nearly everyday working on something for robotics, not because I know I have a job to do, but because I get to walk in knowing that new challenges are available for me to tackle. As a Senior member on the build team, I want to dedicate my time to helping underclassmen make robotics a big part of who they are, just like I have. I only see the best for the upcoming season.

I mostly work with design and manufacturing of the robot. If you didn’t see me in the lab, it’ll be hard to find me. I love traveling and I’m very close to visiting every state. This has been accomplished through primarily archery tournaments along with occasional vacation. As a national ranked archer and an Olympic hopeful, I don’t stop for anything. I also dedicate my time helping my community, raising money for mental illness and feeding the homeless at my local soup kitchen. I was recently recognized by the US Congress for my service to my community where they awarded me with a Congressional Gold Medal for my leadership, service, and initiative. I love giving back to a community, especially one that has given me the tools to develop and become the person I am today.