Graduate Curriculum and Standards Committee Student Representatives

About the Committee

The Graduate Committee resides in the Faculty Senate and is comprised primarily of 1 faculty member from each academic department. The committee works on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: new course creation, removal of courses, the graduate school grading system and policies. The committee’s work is integral to the direction of the graduate school.

Graduate students elected two students in late February, 2010 to represent them on the committee. The representatives will attend committee meetings approximately 2 to 3 times per month.

Statements from Student Representatives


Bhujang Jayraj Patel

Major: Construction Management
Graduation: June 2011

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world" (Joel Barker). “In my capacity as a student of Masters in Construction Management with Finance & Risk Engineering as my Minor with a background in Mechanical Engineering, I enjoy the benefit of being exposed to multiple academic disciplines. In addition, I had the opportunity to work with Larsen & Toubro Ltd., an engineering and construction giant with an annual turnover of approximately $7 billion. Prior to my resignation to pursue Masters I was promoted to Management Trainee Cadre, a post that is not usually awarded to fresh engineering graduates. While working with L&T I have gained important insights in the corporate world which would help me in aligning academic curriculum to industry requirements. Also, as a ‘Placement Coordinator’ during my senior year in undergraduate studies I have played a similar role to the one that is expected of me by this committee. I used to interact with senior corporate executives, both from HR and Technical departments, discuss the curriculum and take their suggestions in order to update the existing one so that it helps both, the students as well as the industry, to keep pace with the recent industrial developments. A constant process of reviewing the existing system to make the necessary modifications is the only way to ensure that we stay on the track for continued success, and this is exactly what is expected from the committee. With 3 more semesters on my plate, if, given the valuable opportunity to serve, I am confident of putting into use my knowledge and experience along with analytical, interpersonal and organizing skills that I posses to justify my role and contribute to your success. Do vote for me and I surely will stand up to your expectations. Thank you!”




Jing Xue

Major: Chemical Engineering
Graduation: May 2011

“Since this is my second semester in the School of Engineering, I am familiar with the working systems here, including the registration system and other routine stuff. Besides, I love volunteer work. Working with kindly people and serving others always teach me a lot. It makes me happy and makes my life better! Finally, since I don't have any GA and TA jobs by now, I would have more time to prepare for and get familiar with this new position. So I am qualified for this work.”