Student Highlight: Pranavi Thatavarthi

November 14, 2022

Pranavi Thatavarthi is a sophomore chemical engineering major with a biomolecular concentration who serves as a current WISE mentor.   She chose Clemson due to its extraordinary engineering program and the sense of belonging she felt when she toured Clemson’s campus.  Pranavi plans to work in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on drug design and manufacturing processes.  However, she is very interested in learning about all the different career possibilities she will have in Chemical Engineering.  She would like to also possibly obtain a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering or Pharmacology one day.  Pranavi’s involvement with PEER&WISE began when she attended our PWE program before beginning her freshman year here.  PWE allowed her to gain important communication and study skills that have helped her throughout her college career.  Currently serving as a WISE mentor, she is helping the next generation of female engineers as they adjust to being college students at Clemson.  She also represents the WISE program on the CECAS Student Advisory Board and has been allowed to expand her leadership and professional skills.  This opportunity has also opened a new STEM networking door for her, allowing her access to multiple other CECAS students and STEM professionals.  While at Clemson, Pranavi has also participated in the Society for Women Engineers (SWE), the Indian Cultural Association, and the Pre-Pharmacy Club.  Along with that, she was allowed to work with Dr. Delphine Dean in the Reddi Lab as an undergraduate lab technician where she transported COVID test samples, facilitated COVID testing for the athletic department, and worked with graduate staff in operating machines used to detect the COVID-19 Virus.

We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you, Pranavi!  We are so proud of you!