I was born/grew up in: I was born in Bhana - a remote village in northern India. However, I spent a lot of time growing up in the town of Pundri; also in India.
I now live in: I now live in North Vancouver, B.C.
I completed my training/education at: I went to YMCA University of Science and Technology (Faridabad) for my undergraduate degree in Electronic Instrumentation. I also completed a Master's in Engineering Physics at SFU (Burnaby, Canada).
What I do at work
Ships have many different electrical and electronics equipment. These are connected with electrical wires or cables. When these are being installed or being used, any number of issues may arise. I investigate these issues or problems. To do this, I take pictures, note measurements, and ratings. I then review the technical specifications and ship requirements. My solution takes into account what the equipment is supposed to do and what it needs to do. Then I modify/create a drawing using AutoCAD to implement my solution and provide that information to technicians.
My career path is
I wanted to be a science teacher in high school. After attending university, I wanted to go in academia and be a professor. But when I was in my master's program, I got to work with an engineering company. I liked what I saw and decided I wanted to be in this industry. So, my goals have changed a lot. My great-grandfather always told me to keep my arms open and hold all that comes my way. So, staying open to different experiences and opportunities has led me here. But who knows, I might go be a teacher some day!
I am motivated by
Ships work as one big system. Every problem that I solve can have an effect other systems. As a result, I need to not only know about my field but other disciplines as well. This means that my work is multidisciplinary which does not let me get bored. Another aspect that is very fulfilling is interacting with a wide variety of people. Everyone comes from different backgrounds with interesting ways of approaching a problem.
How I affect peoples’ lives
With the challenge of climate change in front of us it is important that we know more about our planet's ecosystems. We know more about the deep outer space compared to what we know about the oceans. Helping build ships which are used for scientific research in oceanography and fisheries helps improve our understanding of the ocean. This is something that motivates me a lot.
Outside of work I
I read books and write poetry. I do yoga to stay healthy. And I cook a lot for my family and friends.
My advice to others
Most important is to develop critical thinking and reasoning. Science and Mathematics are logical fields at the core. They'll help your reasoning anywhere.