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Hi, I’m Ananya Cleetus (she/her), a senior in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the founder of Anemone, a mental health crisis app for people in emergencies. I am currently the chair of the CS Mental Health Committee but in the past, I’ve taught a freshman honors course, CS196, and helped run Reflections|Projections, the largest -run technology conference in the Midwest. In addition to my work at UIUC, I’ve also developed my own low cost 3d-printed robotic prosthetic arm for leprosy victims in India which I presented at the White House and started Magikstra, a Carnegie Science Award-winning social network for high school students to find mentors. I also have a day named after me in the city of Pittsburgh. In my free time, I make pecan pies and memes (I started UIUC Memes for Underfunded Teens and taught a meme class at Illinois CS Sail for four years.).
Besides tech, my other main passion is mental health. I started getting involved in the mental health advocacy space through my own lived experiences with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. I took over a year off from school to focus on my health and create Anemone, before returning to campus. I even gave a TEDx talk about my mental health journey, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Since rejoining UIUC, I’ve helped with initiatives such as the development of an Engineering-wide mental health syllabus statement, a student mental health forum, student ID card resources, and a campus-wide mental health task force. I’ve served on Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council, as co-chair of UIUC’s Counseling Center Advisory Committee and worked on projects with We Are Saath and Active Minds. I've also been a mental health advisor for a variety of tech companies and groups, including Google. This past year, I was also fortunate enough to receive funding from the Fiddler Innovation Fellowship and Carle Illinois Health Maker Lab for my app, Anemone.
We are currently looking to grow our team so if mental health interests you or you just enjoy building tech for good, feel free to shoot me a message!
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Proclamation from Pittsburgh Mayor “Ananya Cleetus Day” Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh declared October 5th, 2014 in the city of Pittsburgh “Ananya Cleetus Day” in honor of my STEM achievements.
Fiddler Innovation Fellowship Awarded $10k grant as the 2020 Fiddler Innovation Fellow through the UIUC National Center for Supercomputing Applications in collaboration with the Technology Entrepreneurship Center’s Illinois Innovation Prize
Carle Illinois Health MakerLab Winner Selected as one of 10 winners of the Carle Illinois Health MakerLab Make-a-thon to receive $10k in university resources for Anemone mental health app
Carnegie Science Award Start-Up Entrepreneur Recognized as the youngest ever recipient of the Carnegie Science Award in the Start-Up Entrepreneur category for Magikstra
White House Science Fair Exhibitor Selected to present Robotic Prosthetic Hand for Leprosy Victims at the US White House Science Fair to President Obama
World Maker Faire Featured Maker Chosen as one of nine internationally featured makers at the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science
I was recently highlighted in the feature story of I'm More Than A Cover Magazine! Click below to read:
Check out some of my favorite music here! (365 songs to be exact)
I’m absolutely obsessed with classic rock, but I do enjoy a lot of indie rock, hip-hop, lo-fi, electronic, and jazz. The 60s-80s are the best decades for music, hands down, and my favorite band is The Police. I’m also a huge fan of musicals, especially Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Hamilton, and My Fair Lady. My other big weakness is Bollywood and sometimes I think more of my brain is filled with song lyrics than any other practical information.
I'm always looking to find new bands and shows so please send any recommendations my way! I haven't been to a ton of concerts but my favorites so far include U2, Flume, The Killers, Chet Faker, and Snarky Puppy. Also, if you happen to know where I can find a copy of the White Album vinyl on a college student budget, please let me know ;)
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