Carnegie Mellon University

Taylor Brown and Sharika Hegde

October 03, 2019

Brown and Hegde Named Andrew Carnegie Scholars

CEE/EPP senior Taylor Brown demonstrates a steady leadership presence in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter and on the CMU Varsity Swimming/Diving team. She serves as the Director of Events for ASCE, successfully incorporating first-year students and graduate students, as well as upperclassmen, into ASCE service and social activities.

Brown also served as the Aesthetics Chair for ASCE Blitz Booth at Spring Carnival, using upcycled materials for the booth’s art pieces, winning first place for Sustainability. As a senior member of the Swimming & Diving team, she is a mentor for younger members. Brown is also an active participant on the CEE Department’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Council.

Sharika Hegde, a CEE senior with a minor in computer science, has shown strong leadership as the President of the ASCE student chapter. She has strengthened the chapter’s connection to key employers and has raised the level of ASCE’s participation in Booth through her work as Booth Chair.

Hegde has a deep interest in transportation, and is a part of Professor Sean Qian’s research team. She completed two summer internships at renowned transportation companies. She has presented on her research efforts in a department poster session and in a well-received presentation to the CEE Alumni Advisory Council. Hegde also often gives her time to be a resource for new and prospective CEE students.

ACS Scholars are selected each year by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership. These undergraduate seniors embody Carnegie Mellon's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership, and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts. Since its inception in 1975, the program has recognized nearly 1,000 students.