Suraj Ravimanalan is currently studying towards his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to pursuing his master’s degree he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.
Charlene Gunter du Plessis, Sr Director of the IPC Education Foundation connected with Suraj and asked him a few questions about his career journey. When Charlene asked him why he chose this major he said: “I loved mechanics and materials while I was doing my 12th grade and that led me to choose mechanical engineering as a viable career choice and from there on my love towards mechanical engineering has just been growing.”
Highlights from their interview included the following:
Charlene: “What are your plans during the summer?”
Suraj: “I am planning on revisiting the basics of electronics during the summer and would like to learn more in the field of reliability engineering of electronic products, because he wants to be part of the process building safe and reliable products.”
Charlene: “How would you describe the word “engineering”?”
Suraj: There will be no future without engineering and that one needs to be open to educate yourself frequently due to the fast pace of the industry.”
Charlene: “Being an IPC Scholarship winner – what does this mean to you?”
Suraj: “I am truly grateful for the scholarship support from IPC. This scholarship greatly increases my self-esteem and confidence to pursue a career in the electronics industry. I will utilize the funds to perform the experiments for my research in the field of reliability of electronic products."
Charlene: “Thank you, Suraj – We wish you all the best with your future endeavors.”
Suraj: “Thank you, Charlene.”
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