Indian Student Association

Board Bios 

 

Anil D'Souza


Position: President
Year:
Senior
Major:
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering Biochemistry
Hometown:
Forest Park, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Scrubs
Favorite Movie:
A Beautiful Mind
Favorite Book:
Atlas Shrugged
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Hangin’ out at the ISA office when I should be studying.
Fondest College Memory:
Meeting all the great members of the ISA last year.

 

Jay Patel


Position: Internal Vice President
Year:
Junior
Major:
Finance/Economics/Pre-Law
Hometown:
Nashville, TN
Favorite TV Show:
House M.D./Law and Order SVU
Favorite Movie:
The Italian Job
Favorite Book:
The Tale of Two Cities
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Making waterfalls.
Fondest College Memory:
Putting on an amazing India Night production at Assembly Hall.
Miscellaneous Information:
This year we’re going to have fun! If you want to hang out or go eat at Biaggis (I work there) just let me know.

 

 

Mansi Kothari


Position: External Vice President
Year:
Senior
Major:
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering Biochemistry
Hometown:
Aurora, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy!!!
Favorite Movie:
Gladiator, Aladdin, Memento, Signs….and the list goes on and on
Favorite Book:
Angels and Demons, all the Harry Potters
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Sleeeeep!
Fondest College Memory:
Preparing for and performing in India Night has been a memorable experience for each of my past 3 years.

 

 

Dev Sethi

 

Position: Treasurer 
Year:
Senior
Major:
Pre-Cab Driver
Hometown:
Naperville, IL
Favorite TV Show:
The Daily Show/Colbert Report
Favorite Movie:
Memento, Beautiful Mind, π, Se7en, Last Samurai
Favorite Book:
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ender’s series, The Elegant Universe
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Reading
Fondest College Memory:
[insert shameless ISA plug here]

 

 

Charu Cupta


Position: Secretary
Year:
Junior
Major:
Community Health/Pre-Med-Dental
Hometown:
Flossmoor, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Friends, Sex and the City, Project Runway, Flavor of Love
Favorite Movie:
Tommy Boy, Anchorman, 16 Candles, Andaz Apna Apna, DDLJ, and pretty much all other Indian movies :)
Favorite Book: DaVinci Code, Lovely Bones, Time Travelers Wife
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Hang out with my friends and watch Indian Song Dvd’s and Food Network all day…and night.
Fondest College Memory:
Both India Nights!! They were both the best times I have had and with the best people I have met on this campus.

 

 

Manisha Bais


Position: Cultural
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
MCB, Pre-Med
Hometown:
Oakbrook, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond
Favorite Movie:
Aladdin, The Notebook, Billy Madison, Pirates of the Caribbean, Oceans 11
Favorite Book:
The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, The Da Vinci Code, Beloved
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
sleep, eat
Fondest College Memory:
strawberry, chocolate, and whipped cream breakfast w/ my LAR girls

 

Neal Dodia

 

Position: Cultural
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Undecided/Pre-Med
Hometown:
Gilman, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Scrubs/The Office
Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book:
The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Daydreaming or creepin’ on facebook
Fondest College Memory:
Its a toss up between being a show coord for India Night or late night in the Carr 3 open lounge.

 

Gaurav Gupta


Position: Social
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Accounting/Finance
Hometown:
Marlboro, NJ
Favorite TV Show:
Bpy Meets World
Favorite Movie:
Shawshank Redemption, The Last Samurai
Favorite Book:
The Da Vinci Code, To Kill a Mockingbird, Angels & Demons, Tuesdays with Morrie, Harry Potter
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Coming up with amazing excuses as to why I can do tomorrow what I need to do today

 

 

Samrat Sengupta

 

Position: Social
Year:
Senior
Major:
Economics
Hometown:
Naperville, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Boys Meets World, Saved By the Bell, Seinfeld, Family Guy, and The Price is Right
Favorite Movie:
Office Space, The Mighty Ducks Trilogy, and almost every Disney movie
Favorite Book:
Catcher in the Rye, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
If I had to pick one… Sitting on my couch, having both my TVs going, and all three of my remotes ready for use.
Fondest College Memory:
Everything about Chambana, but to be a little more specific: being on the quad at night and dinners at Chipotle.

 

Sandhya "Diya" Chandrasekaran

 

Position: Cultural Awareness
Year:
Junior
Major:
Biomaterials Engineering
Hometown:
Vernon Hills, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Sex and the City
Favorite Movie:
Pirates of the Caribbean, Dil Chatha Hai, Hum Tum, too many to list
Favorite Book:
Street Lawyer, Devil Wears Prada, The world is flat
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Scrapbooking……I love it
Fondest College Memory:
India Night, Diwali Night and being Social Chair for ISA. It was the best year ever.

 

 

 

Harry Thompson

 

Position: Cultural Awareness
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Accountancy/South Asian Studies
Hometown:
Champaign, IL
Favorite TV Show:
The Colbert Report, Family Guy, The Office
Favorite Movie:
Gladiator and Gandhi (polar opposites, I know) Yuva, Lagaan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho
Favorite Book:
Midnight Diaries
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Watching Comedy Central and the Discovery Channel
Fondest College Memory:
5am Hindi study sessions, even though we never seemed to get around to studying Hindi.
Miscellaneous Information:
Yes…I am “gora”.

 

 Varun Bhargava

 

Position: Philanthropy
Year:
Junior
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Hometown:
Palo Alto, CA
Favorite TV Show:
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite Movie:
The Godfather
Favorite Book:
What's a book?
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Fixing and driving cars
Fondest College Memory:
Final Four Basketball Game.

 

 

Avni Danak

 

Position: Philanthropy
Year:
Junior
Major:
Neuroscience, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Hometown:
Niles, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Friends, Boy Meets World, Alias, Gilmore Girls
Favorite Movie:
Good Will Hunting, Mulan, Serendipity, Shor, Anand
Favorite Book:
The God of Small Things, The Giver
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Go on a walk or a bike ride
Fondest College Memory:
Living at 506 S. Fourth

 

 

 

 Ami Shah

 

Position: Public Relations
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Accounting ,Finance, and Law
Hometown:
Long Island, New York
Favorite TV Show:
All Law & Order, Boy Meets World, and One Tree Hill
Favorite Movie:
Lagaan, Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Little Rascals
Favorite Book:
Catcher in the Rye
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Eating, sleeping, and watching 12 hour Law & Order marathons
Fondest College Memory:
Everything this past year has encompassed, from the random walks around campus to nights out with friends.

 

 

 

Shameeta Thanki

 

Position: Public Relations
Year:
Junior
Major:
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Political Science
Hometown:
Darien, IL / Porbandar, Gujarat
Favorite TV Show:
OC, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Iron Chef
Favorite Movie:
Taal, Rangeela, Pride and Prejudice, Italian Job, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Favorite Book:
Pride and Prejudice, Da Vinci Code
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Facebook
Fondest College Memory:
Summer dinner parties!

 

    

Snehal Desai

 

Position: Athletic
Year:
Senior
Major:
MCB/Pre-Med
Hometown:
Carol Stream, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Sportscenter or any other ESPN programming, 24, House, Family Guy, Seinfeld, Raymond
Favorite Movie:
Oceans 11&12, Bad Boys I&II, Italian Job
Favorite Book:
Haven’t read anything lately…..but if it were a magazine, it would be Sports Illustrated
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Watching Sportscenter or any other quality programming
Fondest College Memory:
Basketball road to the Final Four! Also, playing some quality sports w/ my friends

 

 

Darshil Patel

 

Position: Athletic
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Pre-Med
Hometown:
SchaumBURGGG, IL
Favorite TV Show:
Seinfeld, Everybody loves Raymond, Boy Meets World, Fresh Prince of Bel-air
Favorite Movie:
Batman Begins, American Chai, Boondocks Saints, Waqt, Office Space
Favorite Book:
A Separate Peace, To Kill a Mocking Bird
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Catch up on some sleep, watch my favorite TV show(s)
Fondest College Memory:
Staying up late and relaxing with my boys at Snyder.

 

 

Shondip "Raj" Chakravarty

 

Position: Historian
Year:
Junior
Major:
Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown:
Chenoa, IL
Favorite TV Show:
The Simpsons
Favorite Movie:
Pirates of the Caribbean I, Sarkaar
Favorite Book:
The Hobbit
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Watching Food Network
Fondest College Memory:
Show Coording for Diwali Night 2004. That’s when I made most of my ISA friends

 

 

  

Sunil Kalwani

 

Position: Technology
Year:
Sophmore
Major:
Electrical Engineering
Hometown:
Irvine, CA
Favorite TV Show:
South Park
Favorite Movie:
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Goodfellas
Favorite Book:
Ender's Game
Favorite Way to Procrastinate:
Playing Winning Eleven or card games
Fondest College Memory:
Hanging out with friends.