On June 10, 2018, Prashanth Bharadwaj, dean’s associate and Management Department professor, was recognized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) during their award banquet and eighth anniversary celebration
in Chantilly, Virginia. He was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education.
GOPIO is a nonprofit organization and serves as a nonpartisan, secular, civic, and community service organization that promotes awareness of Indian culture, customs, and contributions of people of Indian origin to local communities. It has chapters in
35 countries all over the world, including several in the United States. The GOPIO Virginia Chapter has organized conferences, public platforms on issues, community celebrations, and social service and philanthropic activities. It is also involved
in business, technology, and investment activities. GOPIO gives out annual awards of excellence in six categories: education, entrepreneurship, science and technology, journalism, medicine, and fine arts.
At this year’s event, US Senator Timothy Kaine (Virginia) and US Congressman Gerald “Gerry” Connolly (Virginia 11th District) presented the awardees with both a plaque and with a US Congressional Record
for their contributions in their fields.
Bharadwaj has initiated, facilitated, and coordinated educational activities between the United States and India since 2004 which have resulted in over 1,000 Indian students getting an American degree, nearly 200 American students engaging in short-term
study abroad in India, nearly 50 American and Indian university faculty members teaching abroad in the host country, and 40 high school teachers and principals from the two countries engaging in collaborative activities.
Other awardees during the event included the following five individuals from the Virginia/Washington, DC area:
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology