Muthu Alagappan graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a major in Biomechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on the intersection of health care and information technology.
He is a co-founder of Creobase, a crowd-sourced global need-finding database that aims to expose the world's biggest medical needs. He has also worked on numerous medical device design projects, hosted health screenings for local underprivileged taxi drivers, and volunteered abroad in rural eye clinics. Muthu is a Pearson Prize National Fellow and a Stanford Mayfield Fellow, and is currently in his first year of medical school at Stanford School of Medicine.
Muthu's other passion is basketball, a sport he grew up playing and watching frequently as a teenager in Houston. Inspired by the "Moneyball" revolution in baseball and the upcoming analytics movement in the NBA, Muthu began consulting for Ayasdi, a Palo Alto based startup, and using their computational topology software to perform basketball analytics. His presentation "Redefining the Positions of Basketball" at the 2012 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference received the award for Best Evolution of Sports talk. He was subsequently featured in a long-form piece by GQ titled "Muthuball," as well as in articles by the New York Times, ESPN, and the Wall Street Journal. In December 2012, he was named to Forbes 30 under 30 "Sports" alongside international superstars LeBron James and Usain Bolt, and he is currently working with NBA teams on applying his research to front office decision making.