ECE student chosen as model for War Hymn Monument Statue

war hymn memorialVyaRecently a student in The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University was chosen a model to pose for the War Hymn Monument Statue.
Yashwant Prakash Vyas, a junior in the department with a math minor, is from India. He transferred from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India in 2012 and was a contest winner chosen as one of the  “people” to be featured in the War Hymn Monument statue to be installed on the student side of Kyle Field as part of the remodeling and expansion of the stadium. The statue is meant to depict a diverse group of 12 Aggies “sawing varsity’s horns off” at a football game. Photos of the contest winners “sawing varsity’s horns off” will be used by the statue artist to ensure authentic representation of the 12th Man.
Vyas said he was very excited about the opportunity to become one of the models. “I have been so fortunate to have got selected as one of the 12 Aggies to model for the War Hymn Memorial, he said. “I could have not asked for an honor bigger than this.
“For now, whichever corner of the world I go after my graduation, I shall be standing in-front of the Kyle Field, right next to the 12th Man to Saw Varsity's Horns Off! forever and stand in support of this great university. I did, I do, and forever will bleed deep maroon.”
Vyas, who is associated with Dr. Robert Balog’s research group as an undergraduate researcher, has research interests in power electronics for renewable energy resources.
Since joining the department he has been a Help Desk tutor and an ECE UNPLUGGED Camp counselor. He also was a counselor in Fish Camp, a transfer student ambassador and worked as a student worker in Evans library for the AskUs Desk.
Other honors include serving in the International Student Association (ISA) as the vice president of programming, the Texas Aggies Making Changes as the public relations chair, the India Association as the chief of university affairs, the Indian Graduate Student Association as the director of undergraduate mentoring, the Student Government Association Diversity Commission, the Aggie Replant as a committee member. He also volunteers with the Texas A&M Emergency Care team as a medic and is certified by the American Heart Association for advanced first aid and CPR.
He also was awarded the Class Star Award for Service by the Class Council in Spring 2013 and was awarded me the Outstanding Officer for the year 2012-2013.
A rendering of the memorial is shown in a video that can be viewed at