Hometown: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Current Job: Chemical Engineer, SKAPS Industries
MS Program: Chemical Engineering
Why did you choose UTC CECS?
Basically, I was applying for a Master’s study in all of the USA, but eventually I found the better course structure and best research opportunity at UTC so I decided to go for UTC.
What is your career ambition and how is the MS program helping you get there?
The prospect of working for the manufacturing industry is very appealing to me. Ultimately, I have an interest in managing a communications operation at the company. Most importantly my master's courses are really helping me to understand all engineering-related skills.
What have you liked about the MS program?
I really enjoyed my research work with Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury on Nanotechnology and working as a teaching assistant to the Engineering Management department.
Did you take any online courses?
Yes, for three semesters, I registered for Advanced Engineering Economy, Technical Project Management and Sustainability and Leed. The best things about online courses are there’s no need to go to school and you can easily access all the lectures, notes, assignments and exams through an online university account.
What opportunities have you had during your degree to gain other skills?
During my master's study I got many opportunities such as working as a Research Assistant and having research work on Nanotechnology. In my last semester I got an Internship opportunity at ARCH Plastics, Chattanooga. I was also a member of the Graduate Student Association, an International Student Organization, and spent a good time with many students from different countries.
Have you had support from CECS faculty/staff?
Yes. As I was new in this country many professors and seniors assisted me to explore the departmental activities, with registration for the proper subjects, and they provided guidance for research work. There are many professors I reached out for guidance but Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury, Dr. Neslihan Alp, and Dr. Prakash Dhamshala helped me a lot while pursuing a master's study.
How has the program helped you?
Because of their advanced course structure and excellent research work, UTC helped me to gain specialized knowledge to advance in my current field.
What has been the best part of your experience?
The best part of my experience is that I received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the Chemical Engineering department and was also nominated as Graduate Student of the week in Graduate School.
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