Undergraduate Degree: BTech in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (India)
Why did you choose your program and area of study?
During my previous work experience at an automotive engineering firm, I had transitioned into a managerial role and had started developing a perspective about how my projects impact the business. When I came across the MEM program, I recognized the opportunity to complement my technical skills with a knowledge of how businesses work. It was the perfect transition required to achieve my ultimate career goal of leading and delivering key technical projects.
Briefly describe your Duke Experience.
I would describe my experience at Duke as well-rounded. The diverse experiences, ranging from a variety of courses and projects to the plethora of social activities at Duke, not only widened my knowledge base but also grew my personality out of sight. Also, the diverse cohort of students helped me understand different cultural and social dynamics.
What impact has the degree had on your career?
My experiences at Duke improved my ability to relate my work to the larger goals of the business. As a result, I have been able to own larger scale, critical projects at my workplace, where I have had the opportunity to be responsible for the outcome from start to finish. My assignments also involve working with and understanding the perspectives of people with varied backgrounds. The skills gained during the projects at Duke helped me tackle any such responsibilities with greater control.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?
My biggest advice would be to research all the programs offered at Duke thoroughly to find your right fit. The students, the faculty, and the alumni are all very approachable and would provide the best guidance in case someone needs more perspective on the programs.
What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?
Again - network with the Duke community and research about how you can make the most of the facilities offered in your program at Duke.