Building a Nest of Opportunities

Computer Engineering major and international graduate Teja Tiriveedhi (‘21) took advantage of Embry-Riddle's many academic and social opportunities to help enrich his academics and adjust to life in a new country.

B.S. in Computer Engineering graduate Teja Tiriveedhi worked on the Turtle Tech project, a drone-based sea turtle surveillance effort between Embry-Riddle, Northrop Grumman and the Brevard Zoo. (Photo: Getty)
B.S. in Computer Engineering graduate Teja Tiriveedhi worked on the Turtle Tech project, a drone-based sea turtle surveillance effort between Embry-Riddle, Northrop Grumman and the Brevard Zoo. (Photo: Getty)

Teja Tiriveedhi’s father grew up in India and dreamed of being a student at Embry-Riddle, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he was never able to attend. So, you can imagine how thrilled he was when Teja was accepted, and he was able to see his son become an Eagle.

Tiriveedhi always had an interest in technology and computers, which drew him to major in Computer Engineering.

He honed his machine learning and programming skills working on the Turtle Tech project, a drone-based sea turtle surveillance effort between Embry-Riddle, Northrop Grumman and the Brevard Zoo. The project not only tracks the turtles themselves but also can identify individual sea turtles, including species, gender and individual markings, by using uncrewed autonomous vehicles (UAVs). This will allow conservation efforts to be conducted without disrupting wildlife.

Tiriveedhi’s role included writing machine-learning algorithms used on UAVs to identify and track sea turtles. These algorithms indicate whether the image is a sea turtle, mark the location and save the image. From there, the data is compiled, and the turtle is given an identification.

Tiriveedhi also took advantage of Embry-Riddle's study abroad opportunities and spent a memorable summer in Athens, Greece, where he learned about airline and airport operations while living and taking classes on a sailboat.

On campus, Tiriveedhi’s love of film enabled him to channel his artistic side and make his mark as an Eagle. Inspired by the Bollywood films he watched with his father as a child, he founded Embry-Riddle's Movie/Film Making Club, where he made short films with fellow enthusiasts as a creative outlet.

By meeting other students who shared his passion, he was able to help ease his transition from one culture to another.

“Find friends who have the same interests as you,” he advised.

Embry-Riddle offers students a wide array of clubs and organizations to join, which is an excellent way for students to become active members of the university community. Extracurricular activities also contribute to student success.

Tiriveedhi capitalized on Embry-Riddle’s opportunities and carved out his own unique student experience.