Akshay Shankar ’15 is an Aerospace Engineering major from Lucknow, India and is the son of Jayashree and Krishnamoorthy Shankar. Akshay is an international student.

Active within the Corps of Cadets, Akshay is serving as the Platoon/Flight Sergeant for Squadron 18 for the 2013 – 2014 school year and was a member of the O.R. Simpson Honor Society in 2012 – 2013.

Outside the Corps, Akshay was the recipient of the Eppright Oustanding International Student Award this past spring – the highest scholastic honor bestowed on an international student at Texas A&M. He is also a two-time recipient of the Dean’s Student Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He is a member of the Texas A&M Society of Automotive Engineers Stability and Control Aero Design Team, and was the runner-up in the Annual Texas A&M Badminton Doubles Tournament at Texas A&M last spring. Akshay is currently involved in research in controlled combustion and new propulsion techniques at Texas A&M. He is also a former member of the Freshman Leadership Organization, MSC ALOT (Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow), and a former counselor for the Student Leaders of Tomorrow Conference, MSC SLOT.

Akshay plans to graduate in May 2015 and pursue a graduate degree in Aerodynamics or Propulsion at Texas A&M, MIT or Cal Tech upon graduation, and hopes to utilize his knowledge and experience to create faster and safer modes of travel in air and space.

As one of our international students, Akshay has served in many leadership roles both within the Corps and across the university. He has maintained a stellar academic record while at A&M, and continues to make significant contributions to his unit and to his chosen field of engineering. I am extremely impressed with Akshay and all that he has accomplished at Texas A&M, and know that he will continue to excel in all that he does while at at A&M. More importantly, I am certain that he will go on to great success in the aerospace industry in the future. He is a leader and a scholar, and embodies all that we expect of our cadets when they enter the work force upon graduation. I’m very proud of Akshay, and look forward to seeing him go on to great success upon graduation from Texas A&M.