Though he left Binghamton College with two levels greater than 15 years in the past, Kaustubh Nagarkar, MS ’02, PhD ’05, nonetheless maintains shut ties together with his alma mater.
Over time, Nagarkar — now vp, licensing, GE company enterprise growth — has partnered with the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science on analysis tasks, organized joint GE-Binghamton symposia and continues to supply steerage to present Watson college students.
He additionally retains in contact with Dean Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, who was his PhD advisor when finding out programs science as a part of the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE).
Nagarkar’s skilled accomplishments and repair to the College had been acknowledged with an Alumni Achievement Award on March 18 throughout the Alumni Association’s 2021 Special Recognition Awards, which was held on-line this 12 months.
“I’m excited and actually honored to get this award,” Nagarkar stated in a current interview. “It means so much to me as a result of it brings collectively all of the alternatives that I obtained through the years whereas at Watson, and in addition the belief and assist I obtained there as a graduate scholar. I’ve carried quite a lot of the recommendation and coaching by way of my skilled years in trade.”
When he first arrived at Binghamton 20 years in the past from western India, he confronted the identical unknowns that the majority worldwide college students do, resembling navigating the tradition and language of a brand new metropolis in a special nation.
Fortunately, he stated, “the assist construction on the College was phenomenal. The nice and cozy and welcoming nature of individuals throughout the campus helped me to drag by way of that interval.”
Whereas finding out at Watson’s Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, college members provided him with a cohesive workforce construction at WISE that inspired mentoring from each from professors in addition to college students additional alongside in this system.
He additionally valued the robust ties to native and regional firms resembling Common Devices, IBM, Endicott Interconnect (now i3 Electronics) and GE, which had been essential companions for his analysis into electronics manufacturing. “I felt like I used to be ready and comfy to navigate the dynamics of trade,” he stated. “You know the way trade operates and what their expectations are.”
Becoming a member of GE in Niskayuna, N.Y., as a researcher upon commencement from Binghamton College, Nagarkar works in his present position as vp to construct exterior partnerships to convey the corporate’s know-how to market and develop strategic collaborations that form analysis and growth. His efforts have helped developments in micro-electromechanical programs (MEMS), medical electronics, photovoltaics and energy electronics packaging to efficiently transition into merchandise and create new companies. He’s an inventor on greater than 35 patents and has authored greater than 40 papers.
Nagarkarnoted that he continues to follow and apply the talents, recommendation and steerage he obtained at Watson each day.
“After we had been engaged in our analysis or coursework, Dr. Hari ceaselessly cited the motto of Harpur School: ‘From breadth to depth to perspective,’” he stated. “Go as deep right into a topic which you can go, then take a step again and take a look at the large image. Take a look at the a number of sides of the issue you’re engaged on, get recommendation from various teams and construct perspective.”
One other key piece of recommendation: “When you’re feeling uncomfortable taking over a brand new process or alternative, it means you’re actually studying one thing.”