Meera is a sophomore from Plano, Texas. She is majoring in Management Science and plans to minor in Math. Meera came to SMU after completing her International Baccalaureate honors program at Plano East Senior High.
Meera’s parents both work in the area of technology management and this played a key role in her choice of major. She found the Lyle School of Engineering’s Management Science program well suited to offer her just the right blend of engineering and management. The supportive environment of staff and fellow students on campus, and the interaction with an impressive selection of companies that visit the SMU campus were factors that backed her decision to come to SMU. The hands-on experience and real word applications of what is taught in class distinguished Lyle from other engineering schools.
Meera is an Engineering Fellows Scholar and Dean’s Scholar among other awards. She was chosen to join the prestigious Emerging Leaders program in her first semester, leading to her current position as Secretary of LEAD. She is also an Ambassador for Prospective Engineering Students, a member of Engineers without Borders and a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. This summer, she helped freshmen transition from high school to college as a Mustang Corral Leader. She currently works at the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership and greatly enjoys the opportunity to meet various companies that make recruiting trips to the SMU campus.
Community service has long been a very important part of Meera’s life. She has been working with a Dallas-based charity to help rehabilitate street children in India for four years. She won a Maguire Foundation Public Service internship in Summer 2011 to spend two months working at a special education school in India and blogging about her experiences on the SMU Adventures website. Her focus was to design a curriculum to help children with autism and Downs syndrome get closer to a mainstream academic program. Engineers are problem solvers. This internship has demonstrated the magnitude of the education problem in India, but also the impact one person can make in solving this problem. SMU has given me the resources I need to make a difference.