Sanya Mehta — Distinguished Service Award
B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering, B.S. in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Graduated from Evergreen Valley High School in in San Jose, California
Sanya Mehta’s participated in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) program for four semesters during which she conducted research in microbiology and water purification. As a Swette Intern at the Biodesign Institute she helped a local coal mining company develop a proposal for treatment of wastewater. Her research in both capacities will result in upcoming research publications.
But her excellence in the classroom as a pre-med student pursuing concurrent degrees is matched only by her dedication to service and extra-curricular activities.
During her time at ASU, she served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in a freshmen engineering course, a Fulton Ambassador, a Barrett Mentor for honors students and a Community Mentor in a residential hall to name a few.
And she didn’t take a break during her summers. In the summers of 2013 and 2014 she welcomed new students to the Fulton Schools as an E2 Camp Counselor. In 2014 she was also a Summer Engineering Experience (SEE@ASU) Camp Counselor where she led week-long sessions for high school students exploring what the Fulton Schools has to offer.
Mehta also served as Outreach Director for the Society of Women Engineers where she helped to coordinate events to attract and retain women engineering students. One event, Girl Scouts Engineering Awareness and Retention, known as GEAR Day, brought 150 young girl scouts to campus to learn about careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.
“My most rewarding experience at ASU was my involvement with student organizations and contribution to the mentorship culture fostered within the Fulton Schools,” said Mehta.
“Not only did getting involved provide me with a chance to learn so much from my peers, I also loved being able to share my knowledge, experience and excitement for engineering with others,” she added.
After graduation Mehta will begin an internship at Henkel as a research and development intern for its beauty care line. After completing a master’s degree in the science of health care delivery at ASU she plans to apply for a dual M.D./Ph.D. program.
One day she hopes to be a practicing physician that performs groundbreaking research to contribute to medical advancements.