4/7/09

Prerna Singh

Students like Prerna Singh give new meaning to Carnegie Mellon’s reputation as an incubator of ideas.

A first-year student who’s double majoring in business and mechanical engineering, Prerna arrived at Carnegie Mellon having already created one nonprofit. Now she’s hard at work on another -- “Carnegie Kitchen.”

Organized through the university’s Students in Free Enterprise, the organization aims to provide an important service to the Pittsburgh community. Carnegie Kitchen will turn any unused food from campus or nearby restaurants into nourishing meals for Pittsburgh’s homeless shelters and soup kitchens. At the same time, they hope to provide free training to men and women looking for work in the culinary industry. Students hope the Kitchen will be up and running this fall.

The recipient of an Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship, Prerna values the ways in which Carnegie Mellon gives her the freedom and flexibility to pursue her passions.

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