Mastering Oneself: Satyajeet Pradhan
Amruthavarshini Mahankali | Mar 14, 2016
Everyone is intrigued when they enter this sea of competitors, who constantly try to keep their prowess ahead of everyone else. But when the calling comes, all doubts vanish and the roller-coaster journey of life begins.
True to all these words, Satyajeet Pradhan is a believer in hard work and perseverance. With both these qualities, he says one can rule the world. Both a passionate lover of cars and an avid reader, he recapitulates memories of the institute and gives us a piece of his mind about analytics. Team MM had a quick chat with this alumnus of B.Tech Civil Engineering of 2004-2008. Read on to know more!
MM: Please tell us about your time at NITR. How did the institute influence you?
SP: Reeling back to our first year, our seniors used to be very influential and powerful, which later helped us in developing a strong bond with them. Coming to academics, like any other student, I had doubts regarding my plans for the future until 3rd year, owing to the learning curve in which I was dwelling. In the 6th semester, I came across ‘Transportation Engineering’ which seemed fascinating and useful to me at the same time. Being a lover of cars, I got to read more about the roads and the disciplines involved in it, which further fuelled my ideas for my final year project, by the incessant motivation offered by Prof Mahavir Panda.
Apart from the books which were prescribed to us in class, I always went back to search for foreign author references, one of them being a book on transportation systems by Prof K.C Sinha,a faculty at Purdue University, under whom I later worked. Journals and research papers were my regular dose of life which helped me understand concepts better and made me a better engineer.
MM: Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities at NITR?
SP: I wasn’t very active in the sports or the extra-curricular phenomenon. But I was a part of the team which took great interest in designing structures around the campus - one of them being the present DTS stage. I also remember being the co-ordinator for transport for many fests, who had to handle logistics.
MM: Tell us about your experience at Purdue. How different was it from NITR?
SP: At Purdue, we had a variety of inter-disciplinary subjects which were sandwiched into our curriculum. In the course of ‘Transportation Engineering and Highway Asset Management’, it was important for us to not only draw mathematical analogies, but also study the statistics involved in the processes. This is when I started to develop number crunching skills, which later grew into a potential asset for me.
MM: How long has it been since you visited NITR? Any notable changes that you observe?
SP: It’s been 5 years since I visited my alma mater and I see a lot of new buildings and centres for various purposes all around. The campus appears to be much cleaner than our time. LA and the hostels have been revamped to meet the necessities of the current students.
MM: How was the placement scenario of civil department back then?
SP: Apart from the IT sector, the companies which used to visit our department were L&T, Mecon, IOCL, NTPC etc. From 2006, the companies which offered a package of more than 4 lakhs were under the category of dream companies. In our batch, 10 of us had job offers from dream companies and each of us was placed, owing to the fact that the Training and Placement Cell worked diligently under the guidance of Prof B.B. Biswal.
MM: How would you explain the transition from a civil engineer to a professional in health care analytics?
SP: As soon as I graduated in 2008 with a B. Tech in Civil Engineering, I took up the post of an assistant design engineer in Mecon Limited. After working there for a period of 2 years, I went to pursue my masters in my desired scope - ‘Transportation engineering’ in Purdue University. Back then, my area of focus was Highway Asset Management which involved number crunching and statistical analysis. After my masters, I happened to take up the responsibility of Medicare contracts at Fortune 100 - an insurance company which was looking for exceptional analytical skills, where I offered my services for 3 years.
Presently, I’m working at Deloitte consulting as a product engineer who builds dashboards to analyse tons of data pertaining to claim denial management of healthcare providers.
The journey has definitely been special, even if I was switching from civil to core analytics, as both have been passions nurtured in different phases of my life.
MM: What encompasses health care data analytics?
Good number crunching skills, powered by an analytical thought process are very important for understanding health care analytics.
Understanding business processes and possessing decent management skills can become valuable assets if one wants to flourish in the field of analytics. The flow of data should be understood and well-connected with every time there’s an assignment. Only then, impeccable databases can be built.
MM: As a member of the NITRAA overseas alumni network, how do you think the alumni network and student relations are going on now?
SP: I haven’t been a very active member of the alumni-network; however, I see a lot of alumni enrolling themselves for the network and many individuals who take initiative in developing relations with the alma mater.
I always expected better interaction initiative from the juniors, as it should grow to both professional and personal levels. I think both the alumni and students should come closer and elevate the current status of alumni-relations.
MM: Is there any message you would like to give to the NITR fraternity?
SP: Drive your dreams with passion. That is the only way you can get to the pinnacles of success. Do your homework properly, when it comes to your future plans. Make sure you leave an impact on the institute as well as the people around you as that would be one of the most encouraging things to do for the institute.