Rohan Vakil's app for success
If Rohan Vakil ’14 (Norton, MA) decides to visit all the friends he made during his four years at Bryant, his passport will fill quickly.
“It’s great because everything is concentrated at one address, and then on graduation everyone explodes outward across the world,” he says. “Friends went back home to China, India, France, California, and everywhere in between.”
"So much of what makes Bryant special is the support of alumni who give their time and money.”
Vakil, a management concentrator, had the opportunity to meet students from diverse backgrounds because he participated in many projects at Bryant. One enduring contribution he made on campus was designing an app so students could quickly find rooms in the Unistructure that are available to study in. The app won first place at Bryant’s 2013 App-a-Thon.
“By tapping into which motion detectors are currently picking up motion, and which classrooms have lights on, the app is able to find out which classrooms are free for use,” he says.
He also created a photo blog, Humans of Bryant, featuring photographs and brief interviews of many of the students, faculty, and staff with whom he interacted. The project won the Dean’s List award at the Diversity University Competition.
Vakil also participated as a:
- member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Beta Gamma Sigma honors societies;
- vice president of the Student Alumni Association;
- mentor for the Linked Through Leadership Program;
- founder of the Bryant Cricket Club and Bryant Consulting groups.
Throughout his Bryant experience alumni have helped immensely, Vakil says, from assisting him in landing internships at several different companies and securing a job in the Marketing Analytics department at GTECH.
Because of how Bryant alumni helped him, he wants to help future Bryant students.
“I plan to give back to the institution that has given me so much, both in terms of my time and financially,” he says. “Through my involvements with the Student Alumni Association, and as a member of the Senior Class Gift committee, I have learned how crucial it is to give back to the institution. So much of what makes Bryant special is the support of alumni who give their time and money, and I would like to be a part of that legacy.”