Valor Water Analytics Intern Blog: Krishna Rao

Hi, I'm Krishna!

I am an environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology engineer currently pursuing my masters degree  at Stanford University. I work on the intersection of data science and water hydraulics to create intelligent statistical models. Apart from my course curriculum, I also pursue research in eco-hydrology remote sensing as a research assistant. Thanks to the long commute to work, I am catching up on my reading. I am currently reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT VALOR?

I am an engineering intern at Valor. I was hired for the summer to study and improve some of the indicators in Valor’s flagship product: Hidden Revenue Locator. During the first half of my internship, I worked on improving meter-right sizing algorithm beyond established practices by leveraging Valor’s huge data pool of water consumption. Currently I am using Valor’s Water Rate Simulator to simulate effects of stormwater rate structures in a large city on the East coast of United States.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR WORK AT VALOR?

I like the fact that the work culture here is very inclusive. Interns are respected and included while making key decisions regarding products they are working on.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I was born and raised in India. Before coming to the Bay Area, I worked as a field engineer in Schlumberger in North-East India. At Schlumberger, I worked on designing and delivering several hydrocarbon reservoir characterization operations. Before that, I pursued my bachelors in Civil Engineering from South India.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

In my freetime, and occasionally during my busy-times as well, I train and compete in triathlons. I have found that training for triathlons has not only helped me keep physically fit, but also aided me to focus on my academics better. Some of the best times I have spent at the university have been with the triathlon team. During vacations, I like to travel on my bicycle to remote places and write about it.