Mr. Non-Profit Researcher
I am a research engineer working at a non-profit, soft-money-funded, research center. Since I work at a soft-money funded job, my job every year depends on the funds I get in – it’s like working at a startup. I am extremely passionate about technology and mentoring research-limited minority students pursuing STEM careers. Also, I am dabbling in entrepreneurship through Wharton’s venture initiation resources. I love animals and am helping local animal rescue centers with fostering.
Undergrad School: Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering
Age: 27, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Other Degree/Certification: M.S.E.
School Name: University of Pennsylvania
Extracurriculars: Playing music (Guitar, Bass, Piano) for 7+ years (self taught), Swimming (Competed at national level in high school), Entrepreneurship (involved with Wharton's venture initiation program/community), Animal Fostering (helping local animal shelter with animal fostering to reduce burden on the shelter), Peer Reviewer for scientific journals, Social chair at Graduate Student Association (Penn), Mentoring (mentoring undergraduate students with their STEM career path by engaging them in active research, mentoring K12 students from under-resourced schools to STEM careers).
Title: Research Engineer
Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp
Company: Major NGO/NPO
Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 1 mos
Big Life Wins:
1) Successfully procured $0.5M in research funding from industry stakeholders to advance product development in the automotive space.
2) Research has been published/cited in a major US consumer magazine.
Post MBA Goal:
Short-term goals: Pursue a career in product management.
Long-term goals: Pursue a career in entrepreneurship.