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Nikhil Bhat

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Collegeville, PA

High School: Spring-Ford High School

Extracurricular Activities: THON Technology Captain, Audio Engineering Society, Music

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Boeing and Siemens Energy Management (Engineering Leadership Development Internship)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? I fell in love with the campus when I first visited. Although I always thought I would end up in a city, Penn State had something more appealing than a city: a closeness in the community born of school spirit that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The people here are so friendly and motivated and eager to meet new people, and finding a niche is hardly difficult. In addition, Penn State offered me the perfect balance of academics and extracurricular/social activities. With its world-class engineering program, I've found opportunities starting in my freshman year that I never would have dreamed of achieving coming out of high school. Despite the demanding course work, I have been able to pursue my passions for both music and engineering, and have seen some fantastic football games and stellar concerts in the process.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? Winning first prize at the Engineering Design Showcase freshman year for a project that some friends and I made for an intro Engineering Design class. Nothing spurs passion like finding success in what you like to do.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Keep your GPA high freshman year so you can do what you want to do the rest of your college career without stressing about your grades. It'll never get easier than freshman year even if it seems tough from the get-go. Engineering only gets harder, so have a ton of fun at the same time and get involved as much as possible in technical and social organizations.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I will be working at CapitalOne in McLean, VA as a software developer.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? Performing with my dance team as the final act before the final four hours to a completely packed BJC at THON. There are very few places on Earth that are more energetic and uplifting than THON, and having the opportunity to experience the impact Penn State has had through THON first hand while staring out at the crowd was life-changing.