My main tasks
I manage a project that has standard deliverables that need to be delivered before a stipulated time. This involves developing prototypes, carrying out experiments, finding the bottlenecks and providing a solution that is technically feasible, environmentally sustainable and economically viable.
The main challenge in general with respect to research as a career is it uncertainty. But with uncertainty comes rewarding challenges, a breakthrough that will shape your future.
Who influenced me
I’m from India and have seen people standing in queue’s when there is rise in fuel price. This has motivated me to look for alternative sources of energy that are economically competitive.
In general, research is sometimes challenging and when you run experiments you might have to run them over the weekend. But, if you like it, you will enjoy it. I feel joy when my laboratory product has been installed in an industry and that has commercialised into a product.
Most useful aspects of my education
Most experiences that I use are outside of education. Most of them were practical training that leads to out of the box thinking. Bookish knowledge is limited, whereas real-world hands on experiences stick to you for life.
Useful work experience
You need to understand the blend of technology, economics and policy aspects.
Have a sense of economic analysis irrespective of your background, that will help you sustain your future.