Aditya Rengaswamy, current Case Western Reserve University undergraduate, epitomizes the CWRU motto, “think beyond the possible.” Since graduating from high school, Rengaswamy has started a non-profit organization and published two books. He is also a leader of several organizations on campus.
When Rengaswamy sees an opportunity he doesn’t hesitate to make a move. In one of his favorite classes to-date with Richard Osborne, Theodore M. and Catherine C. Alfred Professor in Management and professor of Design & Innovation, Aditya overheard Nick Neonakis, MBA ’02, discussing his desire to write a book about franchising. Writing is a passion of Aditya’s, so he spoke up, offering to help Neonakis with the book. As a result, Aditya has co-authored two books with Nick Neonakis: The Franchise MBA: Mastering the 4 Essential Steps to Owning a Franchise and The Franchise MBA Workbook: Mastering the 4 Essential Steps to Owning a Franchise.
The process of co-authoring these books was an education in itself. “I know more about franchising than I would have ever dreamed possible,” Rengaswamy says.
Rengaswamy saw another need in the Cleveland community when he first arrived at CWRU. After being introduced to Kids Against Hunger as part of a service trip to Titayen, Haiti in high school, Rengaswamy was surprised that the organization didn’t have a presence in Cleveland.
So, he created one. Rengaswamy raised over $8,000 to start the Cleveland chapter. To date, the organization has raised nearly $20,000 and packed nearly 200,000 meals for Cleveland and 30,000 meals for areas all over the Midwest region. Packing events happen 1-3 times each semester and usually take place on CWRU’s campus.
Rengaswamy is currently pursuing a BS in accounting and a BA in computer science at CWRU, after which he will pursue certification as a CPA. “The future of accounting information systems and the power it will have in the accounting field continues to grow,” Rengaswamy says, “I want to join that movement.”
Beyond his ambitious academic pursuits, Rengaswamy is extremely active on and off campus. He currently serves as the president of the fraternity, Theta Chi and is a member of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning Executive Board.
Rengaswamy’s leadership, scholarship, community service and professional will has garnered recognition from various organizations across campus and within the community. He is a member of the Wolstein Society and Student Turning Point Society, both of which require vetting. His honors include Outstanding Freshman of the Year, Resolute Man Scholarship from Theta Chi in 2012, Outstanding International Student Ambassador, Outstanding Service Organization recognition for Kids Against Hunger, and the Dean’s Award in Accounting in 2014.
Rengaswamy has also made a significant impact in his current intern position at GE Lighting, where he has discovered 10-20K in process improvement dollars per year and found hundreds of thousands of dollars in recoverable items. This summer, Rengaswamy will work at PWC in Detroit to gain experience in accounting. After completing his second bachelor’s degree, he expects to graduate from CWRU in December 2016.
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