Graduate gets degree, and an annual award established in his name

It’s one thing to be presented with an award at graduation, but it’s entirely another to have an award established in your name.

This weekend, Rohit Saxena will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) degree, but his enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit will live on with the establishment of the Rohit Saxena Award. The award will be presented annually to a graduating student who has made a significant contribution through vision and leadership, to the Carleton Student Engineering Society and its endeavours throughout his or her undergraduate studies.

“To be honoured like this really means a lot, but I hope it can reflect on everyone who helped me on my way: family, friends, professors, staff, and mentors,” says Saxena.

Since first coming to Carleton in 1998, Saxena has developed into an accomplished student motivator and mentor. He demonstrates a true passion for Carleton engineering, having been actively involved in the student engineering society since his first year of study. Among other accomplishments, Saxena increased student spirit and doubled participation in social and charity events, through the creation of a unique “Carleton Student Engineering Passport,” and was directly responsible for raising more than $20,000 for local charities including the Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation. It’s no surprise, then, he was also chosen as this year’s recipient of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students’ Leadership Award.

Saxena says he hopes to pursue an M.B.A. and continue to be involved with volunteer and charity work. “I would also like to eventually contribute back to the Carleton University community in a mentorship capacity, to give back for the support I always received when I was here,” he says.

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