Khalid Ramahi

Khalid Ramahi

President's Scholar

Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering


Why did you choose your major?

Well I chose my major of Biomedical Engineering because it promised to offer me insight into an aspect of the medical/biomedical industry I haven’t really seen before. My goal is to become a physician, but being able to understand the intricacies of how the biomedical engineering field is connected will enable me to become a better physician because I know the work and ethic it takes to develop the technologies used in the field of medicine.


What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

Being able to receive such an award signifies that others have taken note of my accomplishments and wish to celebrate those accomplishments. More importantly, is the fact that my community of engineers and the SJSU community at large recognize my abilities and I am just honored to have such an award. 


Who has been influential in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

My parents have been the most influential people in my life. When I face a challenge of any sort I know I can always rely on them for advice and guidance. I have learned to be independent over the years, but sometimes knowing when and who to ask for help is more important. I can proudly say that if it were not for my parents I would not be at this position accepting this award. 


Did you overcome any hardships or adversities in your life that have helped shape who you are today?  And if so, could you please briefly elaborate?

Over the course of my life I have been fortunate not to face hardships that I know many of my fellow classmates faced. However, one of my most difficult hardships would have to be when my best friend was diagnosed with throat cancer. This was when I was seven years old and I didn’t understand why his health began to deteriorate or why he could no longer muster the energy to play the games we used to play. I had to learn from a very young age that health, even when young, is a gift that we must cherish. Looking back, I realize that my friend was one of many others who faced such a challenge and that the road to recovery was long, hard, and not always guaranteed. This event set the course of my life to becoming a physician. Something I know and will achieve. 


What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. Many people believe that the key to good grades and academic excellence is if they have light schedules and take it easy each semester. That is simply plain wrong. If you do not challenge yourself and your limits then you and your mind instinctively settle for doing less and less. By challenging your ability to manage time you not only keep your mind on full alert, but you also train it to identify the key areas in your studies that need your time and you are able to produce much higher quality work. 


How do you envision yourself in 5-10 years?

In 5 to 10 years I see myself having graduated from medical school, specialized into a particular area of medicine and applying the knowledge I have learned in medical school and undergraduate years to the better of my patients and the medical/biomedical industry itself. Coming from such a diverse academic background that is San Jose State University I know that my ability to respect others of different cultures, faiths, ethnicities, and just different ways of thinking will take me far a long my path to being an excellent physician.


Nominated by the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering