Class of 1957 Spectrum Award
Mr. Parth Bhide ’19: School of Engineering
Major - Chemical Engineering, Minor - Materials Science and Engineering
We are pleased to announce the third winner of the Class of 1957 Engineering Spectrum Award: Academics, Service, and Involvement - Parth Bhide ’19. Parth arrived at Rensselaer from his hometown of East Greenbush, New York. During his time at Rensselaer, he has achieved high academic honors within his studies as represented by his current 3.94/4.0 GPA. He is driven and focused on his academics. Parth has also been very dedicated to research within Dr. Chaitanya Ullal’s laboratory since his first semester at Rensselaer. Parth plans to study for a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2019.
Parth’s service to Rensselaer is demonstrated by his unwavering commitment to the Engineering Ambassador (EA) program. This multi-faceted program supports the advancement of the next generation of students while providing professional development opportunities for undergraduates. The program’s participants are grade 4-12 students within local urban, suburban, and rural school districts. The EA team is a talented group of trained undergraduate students.
The EA program advisor for the notes that Parth is an extremely valuable member of their organization. Parth has consistently gone above and beyond in his EA role; for example, he jumped in during his first year of the program with a leadership role and by presenting and supporting educational outreach programming during the summer of 2017.
He also took time from his junior and senior-year winter breaks to travel to the Bronx, New York with the Rensselaer EAs to share their engineering passion with high school students. In 2018, he presented the Properties of Engineering Polymers presentation and experiment to approximately 150 high school students in the Bronx. In 2019, Parth presented the Chemical Engineering module to the Girls Academy High School. Each time, the students were very excited to learn about two outreach modules he developed. These are just a few of his many EA presentations to young and aspiring engineering students.
Parth has also been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Most recently, he serves as a member of the Executive Board as treasurer. Parth gives his time in community service through his temple, and to the many local volunteer interests shared by his family.
Parth’s recommendation states that he has the drive, intellect, motivation, and perseverance to discover important scientific breakthroughs as a member of the next generation of research engineers. Equally important, Parth has proven to have a keen interest in service to a younger audience as an excellent teacher and mentor.
There is no doubt that Parth possesses all the personal characteristics and academic strengths to represent this highly regarded recognition, and will make the Class of 1957 Spectrum Award and Rensselaer community proud as a future researcher and teacher.
From the beginning, it has always been our intent to continue to grow Spectrum, as a class, for as long as we are able, so that our annual award continues to be meaningful in the context of the rapidly increasing cost of education, and has a significant and positive impact on future winners. Our first three impressive winners have illustrated that there is no shortage of young people who are working and studying hard at Rensselaer. We are so glad to be able to support them in their endeavors.
Our class will continue to strive to reach our next goal of $150,000 by December 31, 2019. Class support has been strong from the start - and we implore you to continue to support this award.
The Class of ’57 is the only source of direct support for Spectrum. If you have not yet become a Spectrum donor, please consider joining us. If you are already a donor, please consider an additional gift.
As Spectrum grows, and future winners express their appreciation to our class, so will your pride and satisfaction in knowing that you have made a difference, by providing timely and valuable support to outstanding future alumns, as they prepare to “…walk that path.”