Priya Prasad ’08

Why I Volunteer

Priya Prasad ’08
Priya Prasad ’08Rice Engineering Alumni Board

In what roles have you volunteered for Rice?

The Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) Board of Directors from 2014 through the present, and as the president of the board in 2017–2018.

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

Volunteering provides a tangible way to give back to the Rice and to see the impact of alumni contributions for students. It's also a good way to connect with classmates and meet new alumni from different class years, colleges and industries.

What is an "unmatched moment" you've experienced as a volunteer that epitomizes the value of the Rice community?

During my time on the Rice Engineering Alumni board, we led efforts to upgrade lab spaces and purchase a carbon fiber 3-D printer. Seeing our board members step up to directly support engineering students is really exciting.

What's a fun Rice fact about you?

I was a recipient of the Builder’s Award this year. The other recipient, Teddy Bucher, was also a 2008 ChemE major from Jones College. It's the first time in the history of the award that both recipients are same class year, college year and major! Go ChemEs and Jonesians!

What would you say to your fellow alumni/parents/friends to encourage them to volunteer for Rice?

There are many ways you can get involved with Rice after you graduate. Find an affinity group or cause that you’re passionate about and reach out.