What is a favorite UCLA memory?
More than a memory, what I fondly cherish about UCLA was the ability to do a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. I grew up on a coffee plantation in South India. As I entered high school, I was more involved in the working of the coffee plantation. During the heaping of coffee beans, I noticed that it needed a lot of physical effort and the employees would be exhausted by the end of the day. Along with the support of my father, we designed a simple heaping device that was attached to a mechanized tiller. This device could be operated by a single person and it reduced the work time by half and the workforce by approximately five employees per device. Spending time amidst the tools and machinery required to run a plantation motivated me to choose mechanical engineering as a major.
While I had only focused on machines until then, my first Economics class, ECON 1, with Professor Rojas taught me how to apply the principles of economics to our coffee plantation. The coffee prices are dictated by supply and demand. This motivation to learn about the different aspects of our coffee plantation by pursuing a double major was a turning point in my life.
What will you be doing next?
As I graduate with a double major, I intend to use the knowledge that I have gained from both majors in the field of Business Analytics. Therefore, I will be attending the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at the Anderson School in UCLA. I hope to learn how to use data on rainfall, fertilizers, sunlight and other factors to develop a business analytical framework for coffee growers, to help them improve their yields and harvest decisions.
What is your Major?
Mechanical Engineering and Economics