Alumni Interview: Nina Chheda

Nina Chheda is the kind of person who does it all – one who inspires one to do even more because of just how much she has done. Even while going through the rigorous Biomedical Engineering curriculum at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chheda managed to be an active member of the India Club, of the American Medical Student Association, and of Alpha Chi Sigma, the president of United Indian Student Alliance, the founder of the fusion dance team Jazba, and much more. All of these extracurricular activities did not, however, deter her from her schoolwork. Chheda is definitely self-disciplined, always making sure she is on top of everything she is doing.

Chheda initially chose BME for the same reason as many who enter the field: she had always been passionate about the medical field. She decided to come to Georgia Tech and study BME, rather than another school that perhaps would have been more suited to pre-med, primarily because Georgia Tech would allow her to broaden her horizons beyond medical school and into the industry where she is now. Chheda’s sense of pride for not only the BME program but also Georgia Tech is apparent. When asked how Georgia Tech impacted her, she replied, “GT’s the best! And everybody knows it.” That does not mean, however, that she thinks everything in the BME field is perfect; though dedicated, she agrees that there are both pros and cons to the discipline.

When asked what her favorite thing about the field was, Chheda cited a reason that a lot of other BME students do as well: its breadth. To her, the number of applications her degree has, whether in marketing, sales, consulting, higher education, or something else, is a huge advantage, as it allows for a solid academic and professional backbone. More specifically, at Georgia Tech Chheda enjoyed how innovative the faculty and staff are in their educational methods. Dr. Monica Halka especially stood out in her mind because of Halka’s ability to think creatively and push her students. Chheda also appreciated how everything from the Capstone Design projects to the research internships is designed with the future goals of real-world experience and applications. To this day, she recalls the admiration on her client’s face when she presented her capstone project. Chheda did feel that she would have benefited from a little more depth in her education, but overall she feels that Georgia Tech’s curriculum is highly successful, as evidenced by what she has done after graduation.

After graduating in December 2012, Nina Chheda quickly went on to find a job that she was really interested in while at Alpha Omega, in the Neuroscience Technology department, and is now transitioning to Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management department. She explains, “Thanks to my degree, Boston Scientific didn’t feel the need to test my aptitude. They were just checking for attitude after seeing GT.” Nina Chheda’s triumphs remind all current students of what amazing opportunities lie ahead after classes and stress at Georgia Tech.