Aditya Bakaya

Aditya Bakaya
Class Year: 
2011
Job Title / Company: 
Vice President - Power, Energy & Renewables, Guggenheim Partners

Undergraduate Degree: BE, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Mumbai (India)

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

Duke's Master of Engineering Management program is an incredibly practical management program, tailored to meet the higher education needs of young engineers who seek to broaden their professional horizon with industry ready managerial training.

It was this rare mix of a hands-on management program, the flexibility to select a nearly custom-built course package and endless logistical support during and after the program from Duke staff that made me choose the program at Duke University.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

My experience at Duke was exactly how it is for all Duke students: excellent and enriching.

All the courses I took were taught by some of the brightest minds in their respective fields. The exercises and tests were based on use of knowledge in the industry. The staff, faculty and everyone around was truly helpful, pleasant, and invested in the success of the students.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

This degree was my professional pivot. It helped me seamlessly transition from my technical engineering career to a corporate finance career, and later into a highly successful career in investment banking. The degree and the program enabled me with the right aptitude and knowledge, in addition to the polished soft-skills to easily standout as a highly desired professional. On top of that, the Duke alumni network was super helpful.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?

  • Be thoughtful: know what you want out of the higher education you are planning to pursue and scan the options accordingly.
  • Be thorough: research schools, courses, stats, etc. online, but do not stop there. Talk to alumni, go see the school in person. This is going to be a big decision, treat it as such.

What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?

  • Network like your life depends on it. There is nothing like "too much networking".
  • Maintain an excellent GPA.
  • Do not just chase grades, chase knowledge and use it.
  • Use the Duke brand-name to your advantage. It is very powerful and well-recognized!
  • Collaborate: look around, see how you all can help one another.
  • Always be punctual, humble and well-dressed.
  • Try to have fun!