Amit Syal, 25, spent the first eleven years of his life in Punjab, before moving to the United States. Amit graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2001 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has long been active in Indian cultural activities, and has been a member of a bhangra team. Since graduation, Amit has been working for Navsea with the Department of Defense. Amit's interest in the Empowerment of the Blind project stems from his experience with his grandfather, who was outspoken and independent despite his blindness. During the 2003-2004 fellowship, Amit focused on strengthening the programs at the Poona Blind Man's Association Technical Training Institute.