Sidhant Pai

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Pune, India
GCF Position: Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

I work with the PKG Public Service Center at MIT and assist with the IDEAS challenge, a social entrepreneurship competition that provides funding and mentoring to student-led teams looking to implement inclusive technology solutions in under-served communities around the world. My responsibilities are largely centered around team support and portfolio management. I also assist with a variety of smaller data-analysis projects to study student engagement with the center.

Sid’s involvement in the IDEAS competition helps graduate students
implement technology solutions in under-served communities around the world.

How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?

The IDEAS competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to hone their skills in team building, prototyping, communication, fieldwork and entrepreneurship. The competition serves as a stepping-stone for teams looking to pursue their projects beyond MIT and graduate students can leverage the support they receive to attract external investments, making lasting contributions to the various communities they serve.

What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?

My graduate work is relatively technical and, while I am passionate about my research, the position with the PKG center allows me to concurrently explore my interests in more applied social and environmental justice issues. I have found that it adds balance to my work as a graduate student, and I am thankful for the opportunity!