Yashwant Prakash Vyas earned his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Higher Education Policy and Administration, along with graduate certificates in Public Management and Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Leadership Studies also from Texas A&M University.
Initially, Yashwant chose an engineering path of study with the intent to help individuals attain better life outcomes by connecting them to technology. But during his baccalaureate studies, he uncovered his strengths and realized that he can empower individuals to attain better life outcomes by supporting their educational attainment. It was obvious to him that he needed to adapt an academic and career path that better suited his strengths as well as fueled his passion, so he decided to pursue graduate studies in public administration with a focus on higher education policy and administration.
Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Yashwant worked at Texas A&M University in various roles. Among these roles, he worked as the employer relations graduate assistant for the Bush School Student and Career Services. He worked as a graduate assistant advisor within the Memorial Student Center, where he oversaw two retention programs (Mi Casa Es Su Casa and Amig@s) and helped foster equitable and accessible learning environments for Latinx and first-generation college students. He was director of Student Research Week (the largest student-run, single-university research symposium in the nation). Furthermore, Yashwant worked for a private grant-making foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, and engaged in efforts to ensure that all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, and complete post-secondary education.
Yashwant has presented peer-reviewed sessions at the annual meetings of national and international scholarly professional associations such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). He has developed and facilitated various leadership and diversity trainings/talks at several national and international leadership events.
Yashwant’s academic honors include memberships in numerous honor societies such as the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Highlights in his list of national and international recognitions include NASPA NOW Professional Award for Inclusion, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award, and Golden Key International Honour Society Outstanding Academic Leader Award.
In his spare time, Yashwant pursues his hobby of drawing and painting. Yashwant's pronouns are he/him/his.