NYU Tandon’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management receives two major awards

smiling student members of SHRM with Prof. Kaufman

Student members of TechSHRM with Professor Emeritus Harold G. Kaufman (center)

Once again, TechSHRM (formerly known as PolySHRM), the NYU Tandon student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, has been nationally recognized with the SHRM Student Chapter Superior Merit Award. The Superior Merit Award is among the highest levels of recognition a chapter can receive, and it is given based on outstanding activities and projects, operations, and professional development of members, among other criteria.

TechSHRM, which introduces cutting-edge HR technology trends and people-analytics developments to Tandon students, has been honored with the Superior Merit Award for its innovative programming almost every year since its founding in 1987, marking a record among student chapters in the New York area. 

The group — which welcomes new members in various specialties and disciplines — holds regular meetings, hosts outstanding speakers, and plans networking and mentoring activities, workshops, and other programs designed to assist students in their transition from college to career.  

A longtime advisor is honored

Each year, in addition to the Superior Merit Award, the SHRM Foundation recognizes the accomplishments and efforts of an advisor through the SHRM Foundation Chapter Advisor Impact Award, presented to someone who has had a positive effect on the life of one or more student members. Such advisors are uniquely positioned to inspire, shape, and guide the next generation, so it is no surprise to anyone who has worked or studied with him, that this year’s honor went Professor Emeritus of Technology Management and Innovation Harold Kaufman

He was nominated for the highly competitive award by a group of successful graduates, led by Sneha Ghiya (’17). In her nomination, she wrote:


Alum Sneha Ghiya holding a large award check with Prof Kaufman
Alum Sneha Ghiya and Professor Kaufman holding scholarship award at NYC SHRM 

Professor Kaufman encouraged me to join the SHRM student chapter, which he served as a very proactive advisor. He provided me with leadership and team development opportunities that eventually led to my becoming President of the SHRM Student Chapter. Throughout my tenure as President, Professor Kaufman was always there to support me and stimulate my development as a leader, which eventually resulted in my receiving the coveted Sherman Award from NYC SHRM, which also included a scholarship grant. Today, I am a Senior Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte and successful at what I do — I owe it all to Professor Kaufman’s inspiration, guidance, and support.