Hello Everyone, My name is Aditya Vastrad. I am a graduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology, doing my Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Finance. I have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. Since, childhood, I have always found myself inquisitive in observing how things work. Science has turned out to be one of the subjects I love the most. My interest in the field of science particularly, Physics had continued to develop throughout my time at school. The way machines made our lives predictable and efficient resonated with my zeal and intrigued my innate curiosity. These qualities helped me to progress in my academics and finally had an opportunity to work at Helicopter Division of Hindustan Aeronautical Limited. It provided me the professional experience of working in a team with a collective goal on an unmanned aerial project. During my undergraduate, I did research project titled “Experimental study on dry sliding wear characteristics of sintered/forged plain carbon steel (Fe-1%C) with the addition of Titanium” which was presented at International Conference on Mechanical, Materials, and Manufacturing (ICMMM 2017) and was published.
Apart from academics, I am actively involved in social activities. As part of Juvenile Care, I used to teach at rural schools. I also worked as an intern in Red Cross at Bangalore involved in various camps and awareness programs. My undergraduate subjects still being fresh in my mind and the aspiration to take upfront roles in the industry for solving complex problems. I believe that a good connection between businesses and engineers are very important for a profitable and efficient future in the Industry. My adequate knowledge coupled with quality industrial exposure has fuelled my desire to study Masters in Business Administration in Finance.
Christian Vanderhoef is a fourth year New Media Marketing and Economics double major at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – Saunders College of Business & College of Liberal Arts. He believes that dreams and passions should be attainable by good people, and has a passion for helping individuals grow in order to reach those dreams using his knowledge of marketing and economics, soft skills, and creative thinking. Ultimately, people are the most important aspect of an organization, for without them, everything would be nothing.
Please, feel free to connect with Christian online because he loves meeting people, discussing topics, and learning new things.
Christian was born and raised in Farmingville, New York which is on Long Island. He has always been one to experience new things and explore his interests. From a young age, Christian participated in gymnastics, baseball, and basketball, but he always had a place for arts and crafts. When it came to his fifth grade yearbook, he wrote that he’d love to be a cartoonist when he grew up because he could create anything and shape an entire world of his own. He also learned at the end of elementary school that he had a knack for singing and wanted to pursue it further in middle school.
Although he was intending to focus more on music, Christian also played football leading into middle school, however, he didn’t enjoy it as much as he thought he might and left. When school started, Christian did what he intended to do and pursued singing throughout middle school. He joined choir and the school drama club. In his first year, Christian managed to get a solo in the show. As everyone may realize, middle school is a weird place and Christian’s “social circle” began to be established. By the end of middle school, his voice was going through a quick change and his singing was affected. He had a solo for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), but did so poorly due to frequent register changes that he was never given a score. In high school, Christian had no interest in further pursuing music.
In high school, he participated in FIRST Robotics for his freshman and sophomore year, but he realized that the organization at his school had politics that he was not interested in. He quit, got a crazy haircut, changed his style and joined track. In junior year, he was in cross country, swimming, track, student government, chess club, model united nations, and strategy and tactics club. He began to hangout less with the same people and more with new people. This allowed him to gather many social perspectives and relate more to many people. When he was meeting many new people, he came to the realization he wanted to be an engineer. To be more exact, he wanted to be an aviation and aerospace mechanical engineer. He then questioned this idea his senior year when his interest in arts and music reemerged.
When Christian got to RIT, he was already contemplating his major as Engineering Exploration, but he was uncertain as to what he’ll change to. After his first semester of exploring, he switched to Marketing. He learned so much about business that he was unaware of before and it interested him. He loved strategies, business plans, economics, and even accounting interested him. Overtime, he came to the conclusion he wanted to switch to New Media Marketing. Then, since the curriculum taught very little about resources and pricing, he chose to double major in Economics. With those, he can gather a deep understanding of resources and people while he works on his start-up: Canopy.
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