Dovan Rai, PhD Candidate

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Degree: PhD, Computer Science

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
WPI was a very good fit to my research interest in educational technology, which focused on pragmatic solutions and quantitative assessment as much as broad educational theories and state-of-the-art practices.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
WPI has a strong focus on practical implications of theoretical knowledge so that we can have real-world impact. This philosophy has been very relevant and helpful to me, since I am interested in creating practical solutions that have potential to improve people's lives, and I have been able to be involved in the projects that are doing this.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
WPI offers a productive, collaborative, and supportive environment for students to study and to do research as well. The small size of the school is in fact a big strength, which allows flexibility and easier collaboration between different departments. I appreciate WPI faculty, whom I have found very accessible and enthusiastic about helping students.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I am interested in social entrepreneurship in the field of educational technology. I want to create research-based educational products and services that make learning engaging, effective, and accessible to wider populations, including underprivileged children in places such as villages of Nepal.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
I served as a member of the Computer Science Graduate Council for two years, which is dedicated to fostering a good graduate experience in the department.

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • Outstanding Poster Award, WPI GRAD Day, 2012
  • International Fulbright Science and Technology PhD Scholarship, 2008
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