2022 spring student marshal: Adira Nair


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Adira Nair has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for biological engineering. 

Nair will receive her bachelor of science in biological engineering, a major offered in partnership with the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural Sciences, with a minor in environmental engineering. A 2018 graduate of Great Valley High School in Malvern, Nair conducted several research projects while at Penn State. As a Schreyer Honors College student, Nair completed a thesis titled “Modeling Solar Farm Hydrology.” She also worked on the project Greensense, a social venture dedicated using smart sensing technology to help smallholder farming. Through the Penn State Graves Extension Fund, she completed a farm energy analysis, on which she published a utility bill analysis fact sheet to assist farmers in becoming cost and energy efficient.

Nair received the President Walker Award and was the recruitment chair of the national honor society Phi Sigma Pi for 2021-22. She also served on the hospitality committee for Thon in 2022 and was on the club tennis travel team from 2018-22. She was also a Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship teaching assistant, where she assisted undergraduate students in developing social ventures.

As a quality assurance intern for Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc., Nair administered batch record and standard operating procedure document revisions. As an engineering sales intern for Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, Nair provided power plants with water treatment solutions to reduce water use, energy use and costs. Nair held a second Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc. internship as a production engineering intern, during which she supported the production activities of the COVID-19 antibody test kits.

After graduation, Nair will work as an environmental engineer with Eastern Research Group Inc.


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