Co-Founder & Head of Business Development
Elaine Demopolis is the co-founder and head of business development at Rain Reality. Originally from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, the senior is currently pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in nanotechnology from The Pennsylvania State University. Demopolis began her studies at Penn State’s University Park campus in the fall of 2013 and anticipates to graduate in the fall of 2017.
As head of business development at Rain Reality, she is responsible for managing sales, marketing, and customer relations. She explores how to use tech to make educational experiences more powerful and engaging so that students are learning better. She also leads product development from concept design to user interface and experience design. Prior to co-founding Rain Reality in 2016, Demopolis had a co-op position at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Tarrytown, New York. There, she designed and managed experiments and ran statistical analysis in cell culture process development.
At Penn State, Demopolis is actively involved in Phi Sigma Rho, a national social sorority for women in engineering sciences. She previously served as the vice president of event management for the Lambda chapter. She also does research in biomedical engineering, anthropometry and ergonomics at multiple Penn State research labs. When she’s not working at Rain Reality, Demopolis loves playing video games and being inspired from Black Mirror. She also likes to spend time working with her hands, and especially loves painting.
Co-Founder & Head of Software Development
Ria Bhatia is the co-founder and head of software development at Rain Reality. The senior from Fairfax, Virginia is majoring in computer science with a minor in engineering leadership development. She started at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus in August 2013 and will graduate in May 2017.
As a developer herself, Bhatia guides the Rain Reality development team through issues with software, implementation and design. In addition to keeping the development team on track with daily tasks and tracking long term progress, she's constantly testing out new technologies and staying ahead of the curve with new advances in augmented reality.
Bhatia was a Microsoft Explorer intern in Redmond, Washington during the summer of 2014, where she worked within the Windows Server Linux Team building networking configurations for Linux servers. She returned to Microsoft during the summers of 2015 and 2016, where she was a Program Manager within the Global Eco-Systems and Compute team within Azure.
Bhatia is a member of Phi Sigma Rho (a national social sorority for women in engineering sciences) and previously served as the vice president of Panhellenic relations for the Lambda chapter. She also has been involved in Penn State Homecoming as a parade committee captain. She is heavily involved in mentoring other students in the Penn State College of Engineering, working as a Engineering Ambassador and a Career Envoy during her sophomore, junior and senior years. In her spare time, she loves to knit and cook.