Divya Periyakoil, BA BS graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Spring 2020. Divya has had a distinguished track at UC Berkeley with several accomplishments.
She was awarded the Regents’ and Chancellor’s academic scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship offered by UC Berkeley to undergraduate students.
In four years, she earned both a Bachelor of Science (BS from the College of Engineering) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA from the College of Letters and Science) in Data Science with a focus in Human and Population Health.
Divya was also a recipient of the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Grant.
In 2019, she began working as a researcher under CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley’s Research in Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Energy Lab (RAISE) under the mentorship of Professor Costas Spanos. She distinguished herself by presenting her research paper entitled “Understanding Distributions of Environmental Parameters for Thermal Comfort Study in Singapore” at the The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Eleventh International Conference on Future Energy Systems in Melbourne, Australia.
For the past two years, Divya has been working with the Bixby Foundation under the mentorship of Professor Ndola Prata, with whom she completed a collaborative project between RAISE Lab and the Berkeley School of Public Health. This research resulted in a paper entitled “Environmental Exposures in Singapore Schools: An Ecological Study,” which was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Divya subsequently presented this research to the Bixby Center, and became the first undergraduate to ever be invited to present original research to the distinguished Bixby Center audience.
Divya has an avid research interest in population health, the social determinants of health, and the public health implications of social disparities, and she aims to dedicate her life work to promoting health equity for the underserved.
Divya is pleased to continue her research work as an affiliate of the Bixby Center in the role of Population Health Data Science Researcher, using computational and data science techniques to conduct research on massive international and environmental population health datasets