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BME Major Atin Saha is CCNY’s Valedictorian
Start: 07/07/10
End: 07/09/12

Atin SahaStudents like Atin Saha are the stuff of dreams.  His interests span engineering, medicine and public policy in healthcare and education.  At CCNY, he brought talent, energy and determination to his studies and excelled at every endeavor.

Atin is a second generation CCNY graduate: his father, an electrical engineer who immigrated to the US, holds a master’s from the College.  From him, Atin learned that CCNY was academically rigorous and that it had a history of graduating individuals who would become trailblazers in their fields.That was important to Atin, for he intends to be trailblazer himself.

It was, says Atin, “the integration of science, mathematics, medicine, and ethics” which led him to biomedical engineering.He cites the role of the department’s demandingcourse work and cutting edge research in honing his engineering skills. But experience as a fellow at CCNY’s Colin Powell Center for Public Policy was just as important.  There, he says, “I broadened my understanding of how engineering and medicine are shaped by economic, cultural and political factors. The fellowship has made me a more socially aware engineer, and only at CCNY was this possible.”

Atin’s senior design project took him to Children’s Hospital Boston, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where he led three other engineers in designing and fabricating a non-invasive monitoring system for patients suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy. In a different vein, he spent a summer as a financial analyst at JPMorgan Chase. The very successful research project is on-going, and so is Atin’s interest in finance. He will soon join JPMorgan Chase full-time to develop the high level business skills necessary in hospital management and healthcare policy. Within the next few years, Atin intends to complement his engineering and business skills with a doctorate in medicine.

This high-powered trifecta of qualifications will prepare Atin to play a leadership role in today’s globally connected society and economy. He intends to live his life by Mahatma Gandhi’s dictum that “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”As valedictorian of CCNY’s class of 2010, Atin enjoined his classmates to do the same. CCNY’s immense diversity makes it, he said, “a microcosm of the world.” And building on that experience, he said that he and they, many either children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, had a responsibility to exceed expectations and participate in social and political issues. They were uniquely qualified, he said, to “leave our city no less but greater than we have found it.”
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