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Student Perspective of SEP Certification: Sai Sowmya Kurra, ASEP

Sep 12, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Sai Sowmya Kurra of ISAE SUPAERO which talks about her experience and perspective towards SEP certification as a certified student. Happy SEPtember!

Sowmya Kurra

This interview was conducted in 2022. 

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am a Systems Engineering Intern at AKKA Technologies

Q2. What are your next career goals?

» As I'm just starting out, I would like to gain industry experience in different aspects of systems engineering in the technical side before exploring the technical management side.

Q3. What have you learned about systems engineering in school?

» The course we had at school was an introduction to the domain. We dipped our toes into the sea that is systems engineering. Through lectures, individual and group activities, workshops, and projects, we slowly gained the fundamentals of what it is means to be a systems engineer working on a product. We learnt to change our mindset when needed.

Q4. What interests you about systems engineering?

» I really like the high-level perspective a systems engineer maintains. Bringing together different knowledge streams, working with different groups of people, handling different kinds of tasks for the same project/product, in addition to being adaptable enough to work on any project, these are some abilities that I find amazing about systems engineers.

Q5. What motivated you to get SEP certification?

» To test myself using a recognized certification in order to ensure that I was on the right path of learning. The SEP certification is valuable for professional development in systems engineering. It was important for me to be able to show proof of my knowledge.

Q6. How did preparing for the knowledge exam help you deepen your understanding of systems engineering?» It gave a broad understanding of the activities that fall under systems engineering. It made me realize just how vast systems engineering is and the diversity of its aspects. I could see how far the field has come and how far it still needed to go.
Q7. What is your advice for students and research professionals pursuing SEP certification?

» The certification is based on the INCOSE framework. Rather than memorizing the details of the framework, it's always better to understand what it means, and why exists. With strong fundamentals, the focus should be on active practice and implementation of our knowledge, rather than just memorization and repetition.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?

» You can reach out to me at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sai-sowmya-kurra/

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