Senior Aditya Karhade named first Vanderbilt Young Alumni Leader

The Board of Trust has elected graduating senior Aditya V. Karhade as Vanderbilt’s first Young Alumni Leader. He will begin serving a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board July 1, 2015, and then join the Board of Trust July 1, 2018, for a two-year term.

Aditya Karhade (Photo/Bosley Jarrett)

“I’m incredibly humbled to be selected and I look forward to serving Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” said Karhade, who will attend Harvard Medical School in the fall.

In June 2014, the board voted to establish the Young Alumni Leader position as a substitute for the former Young Alumni Trustee position.

Karhade, a biomedical engineering and neuroscience major, from Jacksonville, Florida, participated in the Multicultural Leadership Council, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Alternative Spring Break and Vanderbilt Engineering World Health.

In 2011, Karhade founded BhangraDores, a South Asian dance troupe that specializes in Bhangra, a form of Indian music and dance that dates to the 11th century. The troupe, which blends Bhangra, pop and hip-hop music, performs on and off campus and competes in national competition with other collegiate troupes.

In addition, Karhade has been a member of the undergraduate Honor Council, the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, and a peer mentor for VUcept.

He has served as a research assistant in Vanderbilt’s Laboratory for Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, in Functional Neurosurgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and at the Mayo Clinic in the summer or 2013. In summer 2014 he was a research fellow at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

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