Killol Acharya

Killol Acharya

President's Scholar

College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronics. I chose engineering because I like being at the forefront of technology and also because it provides me an opportunity to innovate and create. I did not want to limit myself by choosing one branch of engineering so I picked Mechatronics, which integrates aspects of mechanical, electronic and computer engineering into a new design approach.

I am extremely honored to receive this award. It means a lot to me. When I received the Dean’s Scholar award last year it motivated me to keep working hard through the semesters without losing hope or getting discouraged by tough challenges so that I might get this award. This award motivates me to continue performing well academically and I hope that other students will be similarly driven to surpass themselves from year to year.

Many outstanding people have shaped my academic success. My teachers, professors and mentors have been central to my development as a person and I can never thank them enough for it. However, most influential of all has been my mother. Over the years she instilled in me an indomitable positive attitude towards life, which has been driving me through college with optimism for the future.

I would also like to commend the following people for their wonderful help and support.  The director of my high school, Ms. Grinnell, was an excellent mentor and counselor and she helped motivate me to attend college. Mr. Blass has been a strong supporter of my education and he helped me figure out what I really wanted to study in college and supported me in my decisions. Dr. Vijay Raghavan and Dr. Rasa Raghavan are like family to me and their career guidance, support and friendship is invaluable and highly appreciated. The Department Chair, Dr. Fred Barez, has been my advisor at SJSU and despite his busy schedule he has always found the time to provide me excellent academic and career guidance.

I think the key to academic success or success in any area of life is to find where your passion lies and then pursue it with all the vigor you can muster. But a complimentary element is required to help sustain the effort; positive imagination of where you want to be in the future. I find this often drives you powerfully and keeps you consistently motivated. However, some people are not sure about what they want or what they truly enjoy studying. I know I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. The best thing at that point is to expose yourself to as many different careers and experiences as you can think of and there is bound to be one that will fire you up with passion.

Upon completion of my Bachelor’s program I plan to study Automation and Mechatronics at the Master’s level. I believe this education will set a strong engineering foundation on which I can build a fulfilling career dedicated to the advancement of Mechatronic systems. I wish to work particularly in the field of Integrated Design and Embedded Systems. My long-term career interests include sustainable engineering, renewable energy systems and global entrepreneurship.


A few words from his nominating professor:

Mr. Killol Acharya entered SJSU as an international undergraduate student for India in the Spring 2008 semester. Since then, Mr. Acharya has compiled an outstanding record of performance in his classes. He has earned grades of A and A+ in all his science and engineering classes giving him a commutative GPA of 3.922 to date.

Mr. Acharya has been honored for his outstanding scholastic performance through several recognitions and awards. These include:

  • CoE Dean's Award
  • SJSU Alumni Association Dean's Scholar Award
  • Silicon Valley Engineering Council Award
  • SJSU IPS Louis Barozzi Scholarship Award
  • Adkinsson Family Engineering Award

Mr. Acharya has established himself as an outstanding undergraduate student while working 20 hours per week in the registrar's office at SJSU and volunteering for 10 hours per week in Project Enable, a mechanical engineering program established to provide design concepts for those with special needs.

The MAE Department faculty and staff congratulate Mr. Acharya for his scholastic achievement at San Jose State University.

– Professor Fred Barez