San José State UniversityTrustee Emerita Claudia H. Hampton Scholar/
Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser Scholar
Growing up in India, Simran Bhalla dreamed of
one day working for NASA and venturing into
space. As a first-generation immigrant, Simran
endured financial, physical and emotional
hardship in pursuit of higher education.
However, her quest for knowledge gave her
the motivation and strength to overcome
the obstacles she faced. Today, Simran
is pursuing her undergraduate degree in
business administration with a concentration in
management information systems at San
José State University.
Simran volunteers at Third Street Community
Center, a nonprofit that provides youth
educational programs. She is also an active
member of the Management Information
Systems Association on campus and works
alongside her professor to design products to
assist students with their career goals. This
year, Simran is learning to develop applications
to improve the health and well-being of those
affected by natural disasters.
Simran plans to earn a doctorate and eventually
work as a data scientist at NASA to aid and
promote scientific research.