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Moved to Make a Difference

From Mumbai to Dayton, Varun Nair moved halfway around the world yet immediately felt right at home.

Pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Dayton was an easy decision for Nair because it was about more than an education — it was about being a part of the welcoming Marianist community.

“When I first spoke to a representative from the university, it moved me to the core,” Nair said. “He made me feel so welcome. I’m a person who likes to volunteer, who wants to make a difference, and I knew I could do that here.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2019, Nair packed his bags and was bound for Dayton. He isn’t one to just test the waters — Nair dove right in at the University of Dayton.

Nair became a graduate assistant at the University of Dayton Research Institute during his first semester and, later, took on an internship as a member of the Machine Learning research team. He is also the founder and current president of the Project Management Club, an organization designed to foster professional growth by making strategic alliances with the university’s Center for Project Excellence and the Project Management Institute.

From the classroom to the workplace, there is no challenge too great for Nair.

“I’ve failed many times — everyone fails — but I never gave up,” he said. “If you are out of your comfort zone, you are bound to fail but beauty often lies outside of your comfort zone. It never hurts to push yourself. You will be a better person because of it.”

The multitasker is adding author to his list of accomplishments as Nair has secured a publisher for his book, Breaking Stereotypes: How to Break Into the Tech Industry. The book delves into the tech industry and addresses issues of diversity and inclusion. It is geared toward university students and industry professionals alike.

And while he doesn’t have his diploma in hand just yet, Nair is already planning for extensive alumni engagement as a volunteer, a mentor and an advocate.

“The continued engagement is crucial for me because it is a path for me to be appreciative for this university as I always have been welcomed with open arms,” Nair said.

He has already connected with the president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors about opportunities to continue and, even, strengthen his Flyer connection.

“I want to make sure the Flyer spirit is everywhere!”


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