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Dikshitha Murthy Grandhe

“My favorite part of UMBC is the fanfare. There’s something everyday for everyone. From yoga sessions and study breaks to cultural and sports clubs, you could be part of anything that comes by.”

 

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Degree Program: Engineering Management M.S.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Neil Rothman

Undergraduate Study:
2014-2018, Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering, Jain University

Why did you decide to attend UMBC? An why did you choose your program in particular?
I joined UMBC mainly because of the flexibility of the course and the choice of subjects. Being from a technical background, I wanted to master in something that is both technical and management related. This course at UMBC, gave me the freedom to choose the subjects of my interest. The best part is that, the courses I chose for my technical major here, would be giving me an added certification to my masters!

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
You get to be a part of the diverse community and you have an opportunity to meet people in different stages of life. My classes had more experiences spoken by the students than the professor. For students who just finished their under graduation and joined directly for masters, this environment helped us network and find out where we fit.

What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
My favorite part of UMBC is the fanfare. There’s something everyday for everyone. From yoga sessions and study breaks to cultural and sports clubs, you could be part of anything that comes by. And about Baltimore, it’s the first time I’m away from my home country and I don’t think any other place could be more welcoming. People are very friendly and helpful. They love to know about your culture and traditions. The spaces are well maintained and people do work they love. All this has made me a happier person.

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
I’m doing three courses in my first semester, Product Development, Project Management Fundamentals and Management, Leadership and Communication. The course and classes are very interactive. Professors encourage you to exchange ideas in class and we learn to speak our opinions and even post them on discussion boards. This tunes us to being more professional to a problem and our peers feel it easier to understand our thoughts and motivation.

What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I’m seeking for an internship in either aircraft operations management or project management for the Summer. I will crave my path from there.

When you’re not teaching and researching, what are your hobbies and interests?
I love to cook and do some craft work to reduce stress. UMBC has made me a more socialistic person and in my free time, I usually try to make new friends and network, so that I can learn about the American culture and their way of living.

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