Balaji Alagar

Pittsburgh Milliones (University Prep), 12

Mary Beth and Ravi Alagar

Academic Achievement

AP Scholar with Distinction, Member – 3 Years
National Merit Commended Scholar, Member – 2 Years
National Latin Examination (Gold and Silver medals), Summa and Magna Cum Laude – 3 Years
National Physics Examination (International Academic Competitions), Two Time Top Ten National Placing – 2 Years
US Geography Olympiad (International Academic Competitions), Three Time National and International Qualifier – 3 Years

Extracurricular Activities

High School Varsity Swim Team (4x District and 1x State Qualifier), Captain – 4 Years
High School Varsity Tennis Team (2x State Qualifier), Captain – 3 Years
VEX Robotics (Mechanical & Design Lead), Captain – 4 Years
FIRST Robotics (Mechanical, Design, Business Lead), Captain – 4 Years
Scientific Research, Contributed to 3 Aeronautics and Aerospace Publications through AIAA – 2 Years

Community Involvement

Congressional Award, Gold Medal Recipient, Highest Award given to youth by US Congress – 4 Years
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Member – 6 Years
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Volunteer, Volunteered at East Liberty and Hill District Branches – 5 Years
Volunteer STEM teaching assistant, At Sarah Heinz House and Shadyside Boys & Girls Club – 2 Years
Robotics Team Community Outreach, Planned and Participated in numerous community events to promote STEM in the Pittsburgh region – 5 Years


Although I have yet to make my college decision, I intend to study Mechanical Engineering. This field embodies me: I love solving problems, using CAD software, and operating tools such as mills, lathes, and CNC machines. I enjoy drawing rough sketches of a part, and I take pleasure in designing and constructing functional and useful machines.