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Graduate perspective on Academic Equivalency: Shreyas Renukuntla, ASEP

Sep 26, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Shreyas Renukuntla, a graduate from Cornell University which talks about his experience and perspective as a graduate from the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember!


This interview was conducted in 2022. 

Q1. What is your current role/position?

»  I am a MBSE, Simulation and Functional Safety Engineer for Automated Driving at Ford Motor Company.

Q2. What are your next career goals?

» My next career goal is getting my master's degree and doctorate in computer science.

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

» I learnt the ability of the field to help handle complexity, reduce waste and optimize the engineering process by establishing traceability across the design.

Q4. What interests you about systems engineering?

» It's a unique field which requires a practitioner to have thorough knowledge of a multitude of fields. One doesn't have to be an expert in every field, but rather just needs to know enough to help guide and point the experts in the right direction to build a well engineered system.

Q5. What motivated you to get SEP certification?

» SEP Certification adds credibility to a practitioner's work profile. It also is conclusive proof that the certified member does possess thorough knowledge of the field.

Q6. How did the academic equivalency program benefit you?

» As opposed to studying systems engineering to clear a test, doing the academic equivalency program instead allowed me to apply my learnings to a real world project. By going that route, I was able to better understand the need for the field as well as the benefits of practicing it.

Q7. How did taking courses under the academic equivalency program help you deepen your understanding of SE?

» The courses allowed me to explore a broader subset of areas that fall the under the paradigm of Systems Engineering. I was able to explore systems architecture development, optimization and modeling in more detail. In effect, I was able to get a deeper understanding of the field and the associated work that would have to be developed in tandem for SE to be successfully deployed.

Q8. What is your advice for students and research professionals pursuing SEP certification?

» Try to apply the learnings to large scale projects or your real time work responsibilities. SE is something that can be learned a lot better when applied practically. Doing this will give you a deeper understanding of the field and the subject matter. Once done, the certification test will be quite intuitive to complete.

Q9. How can we reach out to you?

» You can reach me at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shreyasren/

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