Sanjay Tandon '84
The Admissions Office of Randolph-Macon College will
be represented in India for the first time this September—alongside other college
and university representatives from throughout the U.S.—in partnership with the
U.S .India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Institute of International Education
(IIE) and EducationUSA.
From September 6-16, 2013, Charter Lindley, associate director of Admissions at
Randolph-Macon College, will travel to the following cities in India: New Delhi,
Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. In each city, she will be visiting secondary
schools and participating in college fairs. Lindley’s trip was highlighted in the
August 29 issue of
IndiaWest, a leading Indian newspaper in the U.S.
“The purpose of this trip is to continue building our relationship with USIEF, IIE,
and EdUSA,” says Lindley, “but also to reach out to students and their families
throughout India and connect them to Randolph-Macon College.”
One of Randolph-Macon’s many success stories is Sanjay Tandon ’84,
who hails from Mumbai, India. When assessing U.S. colleges and deciding which to
attend, Tandon looked for those that offered him a first-class education and the
ability to explore his career interest. He was attracted to Randolph-Macon because
of the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge undergraduate research in the area he
ultimately chose as his career—semiconductor technology—and the chance to work individually
with his professors. Tandon earned his B.S. in physics and computer science credits
his experience at the college with preparing him for success in graduate school,
throughout his career, and life.
“In addition to my solid academic training, professors such as William Hess, William
Franz, Emmett Maddry, Tom Chyba, Wade Temple, Ted Sheckels, and John Rabung took
a personal interest in my future,” says Tandon. “They helped me secure high-level
internships in my junior year at Sherman
Fairchild Laboratory and then in my senior year at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Labs
in New York, and challenged me to achieve my goals.” Tandon says their support and
encouragement helped him build the confidence and skills he needed to succeed throughout
his career. “That level of interaction, combined with a well-respected degree are
just a few of the many reasons why I wholeheartedly recommend Randolph-Macon College
to international students who feels they need a valuable set of life skills, strong
networking and a solid education to succeed.”
While at Randolph-Macon, Tandon was elected to
Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics and
Chi Beta Phi Honor Societies. He graduated cum laude and later
earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Today, Tandon is director of Knowledge Services at KLA-Tencor Corporation, a $3.5
billion Semiconductor Capital Equipment and Yield Management Solutions company located
in Milpitas, California. He is a distinguished author with published papers in scientific
journals, has a U.S. Patent and leads an award-winning team of technical communication
professionals in the United States, India and Israel. Tandon currently serves on
the R-MC Board of Trustees.
USIEF promotes mutual understanding between the nationals of India
and the nationals of the U.S. through the educational exchange of outstanding scholars,
professionals, researchers, students, policy and opinion-makers, and higher education
institutions of the two countries.
The mission of IIE is to advance international education and access
to education worldwide. IIE manages scholarships, training, exchange and leadership
programs; conducts research and facilitates policy dialogue on global higher education;
and seeks to protect scholarship around the world.
EdUSA is a network of advising centers in 170 countries, where
millions of international students each year find important information about how
to apply to accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. It is supported by
the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which
strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and
the people of other countries.