As a child growing up in Jalgaon—a city in Western India about 250 miles north of Mumbai—Shweta Raisoni was a tinkerer who enjoyed pushing the limits of modern technology. “I was always fascinated by how things worked,” she says. “I loved playing with gadgets, videogames, robotics—you name it. I was naturally drawn to engineering.”
Raisoni attended the prestigious Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT) where she studied electronics and telecommunications. There, she developed a metal detecting robot—able to rotate and move to avoid collision—that’s still used by research professors at VIT’s mechanical lab. In her final year, she led a four-person team in the creation of a prototype for a wireless patient monitoring system. The system keeps track of a subject’s medical data, such as one’s blood pressure, body temperature, or the electrical activity of one’s heart, and routes it directly to doctors for evaluation.
She graduated with distinction from VIT and with business school in her sight; first, though, she wanted some real world experience. Raisoni got a job in the healthcare industry in India and also did a stint in public relations and advertising. “I wanted to gain as much knowledge of both sectors before I did my MBA,” she says.
Raisoni knew exactly what she wanted in a global MBA program. “I wanted a place where I could hone my technology and marketing skills but more importantly, I wanted a school that gave me exposure to different cultures and an understanding of how to do business in other countries,” she says.
After discovering Brandeis International Business School’s MBA program, she knew at once: “This is a place I would love to go.”
Raisoni describes her time at Brandeis IBS as a “transformational” experience. “My professors taught me so much about global business and leadership,” she says. “And I learned a lot from my classmates, too.”
When it was time to look for jobs, Raisoni worked closely with the business school’s career development center to identify potential opportunities. “Everyone there was so helpful,” she says. “They worked with me on my cover letter and resume and really prepared me for job interviews.”
Raisoni quickly landed a yearlong internship with The Mathworks Inc, a developer of mathematical computing software headquartered in the Greater Boston area. “Working at The Mathworks in my first year out of business school was my dream come true,” she says. “It was the perfect combination: a U.S. company where I could use my skills in technology and marketing.”
Now Raisoni works as a product analyst at Amadeus North America, which provides software for the travel and tourism industry. Amadeus is headquartered in Madrid, Spain; Raisoni works out of its Boston office but frequently travels to Nice, France for her job. “I love to travel and I love working for a company that is at the heart of this global industry,” she says. “Our goal is to connect players—from travel agencies to airlines to hotels to railways—with the tools they need to better serve travelers and manage their businesses more efficiently.”
For now Raisoni plans to stay in the U.S. She has a lot of family and friends here and she is getting married later this year. She stays in close contact with the business school—regularly attending networking events and helping current students to find internships and jobs. “Brandeis IBS provided an amazing experience for me and I am more than willing to contribute and help the next generation in any way I can,” she says.
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