Meet Rochester Simon’s MBA Class of 2019

Sree Madakkavil

Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Adventurous and spontaneous person who is always keen to try new experiences.

Hometown: Trichur, Kerala, India

Fun Fact About Yourself:  As a high school athlete, I once clocked 11 seconds for a 100-meter sprint.

Undergraduate School and Major: Amrita University, Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Larsen & Toubro – Electrical Business Group, Graduate Engineering Trainee; Sr. Design Engineer; Asst. Manager

The Bharatnatyam Project Arts Academy, Co-Founder

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: One of my biggest accomplishments is when I filed my first design patent in my first year of employment. The electrical product which incorporated this patented design went on to capture the largest market share in its product category. This achievement was also special because I was the first graduate engineer to file a patent in the first year.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in the MBA program so far: One of the biggest accomplishments in the MBA program would be overcoming my fear of networking, which was instrumental helping me land three internship offers (from Whirlpool, Amazon, and Facebook).

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Work diligently on preparing for your interview, especially your pitch and why you feel you would be a good fit for the school. Additionally, my advice would be to thoroughly research and assess how the school fits you, too.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? One of the many reasons why I chose Simon was because of its excellent academic reputation, especially in finance and Analytics.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Not only excelling academically, but also developing a well-rounded personality, which comes by constantly interacting with a diverse set of people at close quarters; an opportunity that comes with a small class size.

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