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Graduate Student Profile - Alumni

Name: Jay Sanghvi
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Prior Study: B.E. Computer Engineering.  D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, University of Mumbai
Degree Sought: MS Information Technology
Concentration: Management Information Systems
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of Graduation: 2012
Current Position: Business Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
Rensselaer’s MS in IT program is one of the best IT programs available today. The ability to take courses from 11 different concentrations ranging from Data Science and Analytics to Financial Engineering assured me that this program is one of its kinds available today and aligns very well with what I wanted from my graduate study. The course curriculum is high on industry relevance and for most cases even ahead of the other more popular MS IT programs. The course flexibility and course quality along with the great reputation that the university has made me choose Rensselaer.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
Rensselaer offers one of the best and latest cross-disciplinary programs. You will have access to world-class faculty, best research opportunities, state-of-the art facilities, positively challenging classmates and a very helpful administration. The people here are there to help you succeed.

Describe your graduate project and its purpose/applications?
Our team delivered a proof of concept to General Electric for its data management needs in an Energy Cost Modeling processes. This application helps the company to accurately manage the drivers of a wind-farm costing model. Though my role primarily was of a project manager and business analyst, owing to my technical background, I contributed in database modeling and quality assurance activities. Facing a real world client, working on a real problem and collaborating with teammates with very diverse backgrounds were very fruitful learning experiences.

What did you decided to do after graduation?
I have joined Barclays Investment Bank as a full-time Analyst and am taking forward my interest in financial markets. I work as a Business Analyst on technology teams developing solutions for this fast paced industry. I am focusing on newer and deeper topics within business analysis and project management. In long term, I aspire to be a technology product manager.

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
I enjoy economics and understanding its dynamism with respect to various aspects of human civilization. I am interested in subjects varying from Bitcoins to spirituality. After a day’s work I refreshingly enjoy some light cooking, catching up with friends and working on my soon to be launched ‘startup’.

List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience
Prior to joining the graduate program, I was with Accenture, India for 3 years. During the stint, I was involved with multiple clients across industries and geographies working on spectrum of IT activities namely: Process development, Root cause analysis, Problem and Change management, QA, System support and SW development. I am a certified ITIL professional.

Gamma Nu Eta – Elected Graduate Executive
Graduate Student Council – Department Representative
Gamma Nu Eta – Chair for Framework and Roadmap committee.
ITWS Student Leadership – Graduate
ITWS Graduate Curriculum Committee – Graduate Representative

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