New Admissions Student Assistant, Sundara Bhandaram

New Admissions Student Assistant, Sundara Bhandaram

Hello, my name is Sundara Bhandaram and I am a first year MEM student specializing in business and the environment. I am the newest student assistant with the Yale F&ES Admissions Office. Over the last two months, I have been able to dive into F&ES classes, culture, and life and I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.

I was born in Hyderabad, India and moved to Southern California six years afterwards. Growing up in Southern California I loved being so close to the Pacific Ocean. However, I was always reminded that we lived in the desert as we had many water scarcity issues. There were many summers where we had water restrictions in place and I became intrigued by water issues in the state. This lead to me getting a BS in Earth System Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. I primarily studied water and energy issues during my time and wanted to pursue a career in environmental policy.

Shortly after graduation I moved to Washington, DC and worked for the American Forest & Paper Association. I worked on many environmental policy issues including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and bioenergy policy. There I gained an extensive knowledge about the American Forestry Industry, trade associations, and DC lobbying.

Like many others, my interest over time had shifted and I wanted to leave the environmental policy realm to work on corporate sustainability responsibility. I knew that coming to F&ES would provide with the skills and knowledge to be a leader in this field.

During my time in the Admission Office, I hope to help other perspective students with any questions they have about Yale, F&ES, the different specializations, the application process broadly, and about anything else. Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have at Also, I’m more than happy to set up a time to chat for those who would prefer to do so. Good luck to those of you applying!