"If in the long run we are the makers of our own fate, in the short run we are the captives of the ideas we have created."
My parents immigrated to the US from New Delhi, India. I was born in Mountain View and raised in San Jose, California.
I attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose from 2017 to 2021 and spent most of high school thinking about policy debate. I graduated as salutatorian from Bellarmine in 2021 and matriculated to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. I stumbled around for two years in a college designed to train diplomats, mostly taking courses in international relations, math, and economics.
During college, I was an Assistant Debate Coach at Bellarmine, an intern to Eswar Prasad at The Brookings Institution, and a Research Assistant to Caitlin Talmadge in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown.
I went on academic leave in 2023 to work full-time on Mercor.
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Reach me at surya [at] mercor [dot] io