Elina Rani

  • B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Global Challenge: Urban and Sustainability

By taking advantage of the unique experiences afforded to me through the GLASS program, I will move closer towards becoming an engineer suited for the intricacies of modern engineering


I’m a junior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at NYU Tandon. I grew up in the city suburbs and spent many exciting summers exploring the city when I was young. When the time to decide on a college came, I knew that NYU, and by extension New York, would be the place to be because of my deep love for the city. 

I’ve spent the last few years at Tandon deeply involved in the community between clubs and academic pursuits. Throughout my life I’ve had a strong interest in sustainability and have been learning more about the world of sustainable manufacturing through my time working for the Modestino Research Group. I’ve quickly learned how to work with many kinds of lab tools – including robots. When not in class I tend to be found hanging out with my fellow sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional sorority for women in STEM which I have the pleasure of being the president of. Through AOE I’ve been able to meet other women in STEM while having a place to recenter. 

Despite all these activities, NYC is an expensive city and thankfully I’ve been able to make connections on campus while being able to earn. So far, I’ve been a TA for both general engineering classes at Tandon, EG 1004 and the defunct EG 1001, as well as now guiding students on their study abroad journeys along with the rest of the team at Tandon Global.

Throughout my time on campus, I’m thankful to GLASS for providing me with opportunities to truly make the most of my experience here at NYU. With two years left I am excited to help those who are just starting out at NYU while learning from the talented faculty.