Vivek Sharma didn’t begin his collegiate academic career in the United States. He arrived here in January 2015 with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Manav Rachna International University in India.
As a graduate student in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, he worked toward fulfilling both his academic and career aspirations.
“In the United States I have many good opportunities to learn about the latest technologies in my field, which helps me to better explore my career.”
Sharma chose Merrimack’s graduate program based on specific academic offerings that met his personal educational requirements.
“Merrimack College had some great courses through the Master of Science program that were unique and hard to find in other universities, including Finite Elements, Life Cycle Costing, and other great designing courses,” said Sharma. “My Merrimack professors also utilized actual mechanical engineering software that I will most likely encounter while working in the field.”
As a graduate student, Sharma had already worked in designing departments for a variety of companies. These experiences provided him with important hands-on knowledge.
“As part of the mechanical engineering courses at Merrimack we are required to submit individual projects which help a lot in improving my practical skills and project management.”
For Sharma, though technical details are important, the actual learning atmosphere is as well – especially for an international student who is far from home. “The environment at Merrimack is very tranquil and friendly, and every professor and all the students are very supportive.”
Now, with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Sharma is planning for the future. “My educational goal is to complete my doctorate in mechanical engineering, and then ultimately work in the field in an analysis capacity.”