Varna is a Masters student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. She received her bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, where she also minored in biomedical engineering. Varna is passionate about early STEM education, particularly for women and minorities. She is interested in the intersection between engineering and human development and how children approach the design process. In her free time, Varna can be found eating, hiking, baking, or running her henna-inspired art business.