Vidhya Thiyagarajan

Collegiate Director

Vidhya Thiyagarajan



Vidhya Thiyagarajan is a senior chemical engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). She has completed undergraduate research within Pitt’s Process Intensification Lab as well as multiple chemical engineering co-ops.

Thiyagarajan joined the Society of Women Engineers in 2017 as a SWENexter. Over the last six years, she has held various leadership roles within SWE, both within her collegiate section (PittSWE) and on several Society-level committees.

Within PittSWE, she has served as high school outreach chair, vice president of outreach and, most recently, as section vice president. At the Society level, Thiyagarajan has served on the awards and recognition and bylaws committees as well as the SWENext committee, where she was the lead for the SWENext clubs and publications workgroups. For her efforts and dedication to SWE, Thiyagarajan was awarded the Rising Star, Guiding Star, and Outstanding Collegiate Member awards.

Outside of SWE, Thiyagarajan is involved in Pitt’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter, where she was the external vice president for the past year. She is also a leader within the school’s first-year engineering program and has served as a peer mentor and undergraduate teaching assistant. In her free time, Thiyagarajan enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Email: collegiate-director@swe.org