NuVu Spotlight: Kunal Botla

Introducing NuVu student, Kunal B.! Kunal joined NuVu in Fall 2021, and is now a junior. In his current studio, Kunal is working with his team to create a stimulating, high-intensity, musical experience that revolutionizes the sound of conventional instruments like the piano, guitar, and the drum. They are experimenting by altering commonly used mechanisms, as well as processing and mixing their sounds with post-production tools.

Q: When do you plan to graduate from NuVu, any thoughts on plans?

A: I am definitely looking to attend a four-year college. I still need to choose a field of study, but right now I am very interested in tech and political science, and the intersection between the two.

Q: What was your first impression of NuVu?

A: Very different, very dynamic. Both in the day-to-day experience as well on a larger scale. At first, it was the flexibility and novelty that drew me to NuVu, I was very intrigued and excited. I had a little bit of previous experience with makerspaces through my old school, but I was really excited and interested in diving into something like that full time.

Q: What is your biggest achievement to date at NuVu? It can be anything!

A: My last Open Innovation project Connecting Homes , explored many different media, and I felt like I really  developed new skills in urban planning and architecture. I explored regional development, and did high level analysis for regional design.I really enjoyed spending time looking at different areas that could be more urbanized, and how I could reconnect them to transit lines, making them more accessible to people. This felt like an impactful attempt at addressing the housing crisis, where I also gained a lot of new skills, and I felt very proud of this.

Q: What are your most favorite tools, or materials available to you at NuVu?

A: The laser cutter…..duh! I know it is kind of everyone’s favorite tool, but it really is so multipurpose, and it’s way larger than most laser cutters I'm used to. What’s best about it is that you can really cut almost anything with it, so there is so much room for quick 2D and 3D prototyping. It’s the best tool you can use to quickly make a small scale representation of a big idea, and using it is pretty easy to pick up!

Q: What do you like to do with your time when you are not at school?

A: I participate in a lot of project based stuff outside of school. Currently I am running a highschool hackathon through an organization called MAHacks, so I spend a lot of my time after studio planning and coordinating that event. I got involved through hack-club, an online community of high school coding clubs and makers around the world. In addition, I like to create apps, and am working on building a tool for high schoolers to manage finances, and organize community. Also, I spend a lot of time and money on photography.