Vikram Rao is a Data Scientist with New Light Technologies (NLT). He primarily supports NLT’s work with the U.S. Census Bureau, where he focuses on Differential Privacy. This project involves implementing a novel data privacy algorithm to protect sensitive data from the 2020 Census.
He is involved with algorithm development and testing, developing custom metrics functions, performing analysis to determine error estimations, and generating plots and visualizations of error.
Prior to NLT, Vikram worked for Sunosum LLC, a startup company founded by George Washington University (GWU) students working on solar energy technologies. He served as an economic research analyst intern with the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C., working on a research project involving nuclear cooperation. He also worked as a chemical engineer in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Vikram recently earned his PhD from the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department at GWU. He previously received an M.S. from the same department, and his undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Vikram enjoys international travel, yoga, meditation, and cooking.