Priya M. Chanda

Chemical Engineering

Minoring in Computer Science and Material Science Engineering

Class of 2018

Stratford, CT

What does the NSBE Mission mean to you?

The NSBE mission is something I feel strongly about. It’s main purpose is to increase the number of minorities that study engineering by stimulating interests, creating opportunities for us to connect with other engineering professionals that are minorities, giving us resources that are academic but also career oriented and to make us be apart of community where we feel safe to speak our minds and ask help if needed. The numbers show that more minorities are going into engineering and the other STEM fields and will continue to grow with the help of groups like NSBE.

What has been your favorite UConn NSBE moment? 

My favorite UConn NSBE moment was when we went to the National Convention in Boston. I met a lot of fascinating people and got great advice from professionals in the STEM fields. It was a great experience overall and recommend other people to attend a conference at least once during their undergraduate career. 

What type of leader are you? 

I am a leader that values the input of other team members and is open to new ideas. I like to set deadlines, constantly communicate with my team members and strive for perfection.

What do you hope to do/achieve after you graduate?

After I graduate, I hope to find a job that I am greatly passionate about. I am not sure exactly what I want to do in my field, but it has to be something that impacts peoples lives for the good. I also want to travel the world to learn about different cultures and societies. 

What research projects have you worked on?

Currently, I am working on my senior design project. My group is developing a simplified software model of glucose and insulin behavior in people during exercise and incorporating sensors for glucose management for type 1 diabetes. We hope to educate people about how exercise affects blood glucose levels and the value of the software package being developed. 

How has UConn NSBE helped you achieve your goals? Whether personal, academic, or career wise?

NSBE has helped me meet many great people within UConn and in other chapters. Career wise, I had the opportunity to speak with a lot of professionals from big named companies and got my resume out there during the career fair at the NSBE 42 Convention.

What advice would you give to other UConn NSBE members/prospective members about our chapter? 

UConn NSBE is such a vibrant and hardworking group that offers a lot of resources to help prepare its members academically and also professionally. Please get involved and take advantage of the opportunities as much as you can! 

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