Bronco Spotlight: Harshavardhan Reddy Dasari

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Master's, electrical engineering, 2016

Current Job Title:

Pilot Assist Functions - Analysis Engineer

Current Employer:

Volvo Cars USA R&D Tech Center

Describe your current job:

I will be responsible for evaluating product design with measurement tool set, guide product development and target setting process.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

In the minds of many in Silicon Valley and in the auto industry, it is inevitable that cars will eventually drive themselves. It is simply a matter of how long it will take for the technology to be reliably safe. During recent tests on the streets of San Francisco — there is a lot more work to be done before self-driving cars are ready for the mainstream. The most challenging parts are lane detection and object detection with the help of many sensors in the loop.

What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?

My college education has exceptionally prepared me for a smooth transition from school to work by providing me with the skills necessary to succeed. In college- I feel that I was well prepared for real-life situations and jobs. Difficult courses have taught me exceptional critical-thinking skills and that the answers will not always be in front of my face. Through courses like this- I have learned how to solve complex problems and that high-quality results take hard work. Many of my internships have also given me the opportunity to experience situations first hand and taught me how to come up with the best solutions.

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?

1. Create a resume and cover letter that competes with the top 5 – 10 %.  2. Network with everyone you know so you can find out about unadvertised opportunities and so others know you are looking and they can recommend you for current job listings.  3. Keep abreast on the current job market so you can be one of the first people to apply once the job market opens.  4. Maintain a proactive approach to the job search so that you don’t miss out on any new positions that open up.

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