Coming from a limited means background. Sole bread earner in the family. Immensely passionate about sports, outdoors, and mentoring. Chose to join field roles for the same reason. Lead engineer for mentoring new trainees on and off-field (max. no. of trainees across India and Saudi). Fast-track promotion and client’s preferred engineer for high profile and technically challenging projects.
Undergrad School: IIT
Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering
Age: 27, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Extracurriculars: -Best Student at School. Held 2 athletics records till date. -Best Athlete in college for 3 yrs. (30+ medals and Inter/Intra collegiate competitions) -Captain, Institute Athletics team; Led college to first podium finish in 5 years. Founding member of a Clean energy startup winning multiple national and international B Plan competitions., -Trekker and coach India’s biggest trekking organization since 2017; Chosen (from 350) to lead an experiential adventure case challenge for India's leading B School., -Instituted college’s first Scholarship fund for meritorious athletes (Contributed INR100k+). Also mentored 100+ athletes over 4 yrs in internship + placement seasons.
Title: Field Engineer/Engineering Manager
Industry: Power / Energy
Company: Fortune 500
Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 1 mos
Title: Engineer Trainee - Internship
Length of Employment: , 3 mos
-Spearheading Digital Transformation for 300+ personnel. Delivering on strong KPOs. -Led very critical high profile projects. Estimated savings of $100M+. Biggest oilfield discoveries for the national oil companies ($5B+) -10+ high altitude treks, including a high altitude rescue of a fellow trekker from 15000 ft.
Motivation –Working at the confluence of Tech and energy industry in the harshest field conditions for 50+ hrs, having skipped out on multiple personal events and having experienced the scarce penetration of digital capabilities in traditional O&G which consequently results in additional work in life challenging conditions for millions of other oilfield workers like myself, I want to pivot to Tech while learning the basics of running a successful business and scaling a company. Short term – Pursue product management at Amazon(AWS)/ Google(Cloud) and build expertise in developing and commercializing enterprise SaaS products. Long term – Start an ML-AI based venture which aims to harness the Petabytes of data produced in the Oil and Gas industry to drive smarter data-driven decisions in energy prospecting, helping reduce the resources and time spent on hydrocarbon exploration.
Target School: Stanford GSB
Considering: Harvard, Chicago Booth, Wharton
So we have here another male, Indian engineer who wants to go to the most selective business school in the world? Let me just say right away you have an incredibly impressive background and accomplishments to boot. And I have great admiration for what you have achieved, particularly because you come from a background of “limited means.” Still, for someone in the most overrepresented part of the applicant pool to get an admit from Stanford generally requires luck along with a lot of boxes you need to check: From the prestige and selectivity of your undergraduate institution, your grades, the selectivity of your employer, your work experience record, compelling extras that show you care about people and things beyond yourself, and how unique your narrative …
So we have here another male, Indian engineer who wants to go to the most selective business school in the world? Let me just say right away you have an incredibly impressive background and accomplishments to boot. And I have great admiration for what you have achieved, particularly because you come from a background of “limited means.” Still, for someone in the most overrepresented part of the applicant pool to get an admit from Stanford generally requires luck along with a lot of boxes you need to check: From the prestige and selectivity of your undergraduate institution, your grades, the selectivity of your employer, your work experience record, compelling extras that show you care about people and things beyond yourself, and how unique your narrative is. So let’s judge you on those. You check the box with a degree from IIT, though it may surprise you that there were only four graduates in this year’s Class of 2020 at the GSB with IIT degrees, one each from Kharagpur, Madras, Delhi and .Kanpur. Those grads majored in technology, aerospace engineering, and chemical engineering. Compare that against the 25 from Harvard, the 23 from Stanford, the 19 from Yale or the 15 from Penn. Your grades in mechanical engineering ( a 7.99 out of 10) were solid but when you say you were the “best student at school” do you mean academically? If so, that’s great, yet a 7.99 out of ten wouldn’t make me think that. Same is true of your 720 GMAT. I’m impressed but the class average at Stanford is 734. Your work for a Fortune 500 company, assuming its within the higher ranges of the 500, is significant and your accomplishments in the job are admirable. So are your extras, including the fact that you launched a clean energy startup. Bottom line: You certainly have a chance but I wouldn’t bet on it, not at Stanford where the competition is severe. You would have to perfectly execute on your application, your essay, your interview (if you get one), and make sure your recommenders are passionate about you. Your chances at HBS, Wharton and Booth are significantly higher. I know you’ll get invites from a couple of these places and you might very well make it to California. I’m rooting for you!
Jeff earned his BA in American Studies at Yale. Jeff worked as an Associate at VO2 Partners, a private equity firm focused on health and wellness ... View Featured Coach
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