Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Shreyashi Shukla - Determined to Excel

Today (October 23, 2018), Shreyashi Shukla defended her MS thesis Daily Load Forecasting Using Hourly Temperatures.

Shreyashi Shukla's MS thesis defense
From left to right: Dr. Tao Hong, Shreyashi Shukla, Dr. Simon Hsiang, Dr. Churlzu Lim

Shreyashi received her B.Tech. with Honors in Production Engineering & Management from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, in 2006. Before moving to the U.S. with her family, she had a 10-year progressive career in the energy sector in India. She joined our MSEM program in Fall 2017.

Every year I give a department seminar to share with the students about the research projects at BigDEAL. The purpose of these seminars is two-fold. On one hand, these seminars can broaden the students' view about systems engineering and engineering management. On the other hand, I would like to attract the most self-motivated and talented students from the program.

While most students were scared away after seeing how productive the BigDEAL students are, Shreyashi was one of the fearless students who contacted me after the seminar. During our first conversation in October 2017, I explained to her my expectation, and told her about the BigDEAL entrance tests. She took the challenge, passed the tests, and officially joined BigDEAL in Janurary 2018 to conduct her MS thesis research under my supervision.

The research problems BigDEAL students work on are never easy. In addition to tackling the research challenge, Shreyashi had the family duties too. Everyday she spends the morning on campus working on her coursework and research, and the rest of the day with her little daughter at home. She always comes to the lab on time, leaves on time, and works very efficiently. 9 months later, her research turned into a solid MS thesis, which made her the third "mom" student completing MS thesis research at BigDEAL (after Jingrui Xie and Ying Chen). She is also my first Indian student. Next semester, Shreyashi will continue working with me towards her PhD degree.

Congratulations, Shreyashi!

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