Alumni Spotlight: Sim Ahuja
By Bill Brink
Sim Ahuja works in the Washington, DC offices of GSK, a UK-based global healthcare company. She’s a Communications and Government Affairs Future Leader Associate, to be specific, and she is currently on the corporate policy team, the third and final leg of GSK’s associate rotational program.
The bulk of her workload? Infectious disease policy and pandemic preparedness.
“It’s really relevant right now, but it does make me feel a little bit cynical, because I’m reading all this material and I’m discussing all these things and I’m like, ‘Wow, we should have all started on this a lot earlier,” she said.
Ahuja graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic’s initial surge, with degrees in both International Relations and Politics and Decision Science. The Houston native had not considered CMU before joining her brother on a visit, but she loved the campus, liked what she heard in a meeting with an admissions officer, and entered with a proclivity for foreign affairs and political science from her time on the speech and debate team in high school.