Shah Takes the Helm of Student Government

After serving as president of his engineering class for each of the past
three years, Sumit Shah will take the reins of ESG in the fall with hopes of
building upon the successes of his predecessor and expanding the role
of ESG into academic affairs. At the top of the list is an improvement to the
course-evaluation system used by students. Shah hopes that
improvements will allow students better information in deciding their
class schedule. In addition to the course-evaluation system, Shah also is
interested in finding out how ESG can better serve students inside the
classroom, including finding a way to better help students learn about all
the different intellectual societies within the school.

"Societies are excellent ways for students to showcase their talent," he
said. "I hope that we can help students learn about all the different
societies and opportunities that the school has to offer."

But if all that weren't enough, Shah still has more ambitions for the core
leadership of ESG.

"I'd like to also look at extending our role into the Durham community
through tutoring and other student related programs," he said.

Between classes and student leadership, Shah has also managed to find
time to pursue other personal and intellectual interest. Last year, he spent
time in Tanzania helping researchers create models to predict some of
the health and social impacts of AIDS in local communities. The research
was passed on to government officials to help them create policy, said
Shah, whose father immigrated to the United States from Tanzania.

This summer Shah will begin research as a Center for Emerging
Cardiovascular Technologies undergraduate fellow. The fellowship
provides engineering undergraduates with an opportunity to do intensive
research in cardiovascular biomedical engineering under the direction of
Olaf von Ramm, Thomas Lord Professor of Biomedical Engineering.