MEng. student Pallavi Powale

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MEng student Pallavi Powale

What were your interests as a high school student and how did you come to choose Course 6 when you came to MIT?

I've been a fan of logic games and puzzles my whole life so, naturally, in high school I was drawn to math and physics. I also enjoyed helping my dad with home projects and participated in extracurriculars that involved building systems. Summer programs and internships in integrated sciences like nanotechnology and bioengineering were a lot of fun. It was always pretty clear to me that I wanted to be an engineer. 

When I came to MIT, I was interested in many different disciplines and chose course 6 because it is the most versatile major. Even at this point, I feel like I have the background and expertise to get involved in almost any field of my choosing.

Once you decided to major in Course 6, what led you to choose 6-2?

6-2 is the best of both worlds. I was intrigued by computer science because, like math, there is a certain purity to it. I feel that being a computer scientist teaches you to think about systems in a very measured and logical way -- a skill that I have found to be extremely valuable. The hands on aspect of electrical engineering courses was attractive because I enjoyed working with instruments and learning how everyday devices work at their very core.

What are the aspects of 6-2 and the MEng. Program you liked the best and how have you found your interests grow or change as you've gone on?

Course 6 encompasses many different subjects and, as an undergrad, I took classes in all of them. The MEng program was really about focusing on the type of work I would pursue once I left academia. The transition to graduate school was very easy. I had a head start on finding the right lab for my graduate research and I stayed in contact with a lot of my classmates from undergrad.

Where do you envision yourself headed next and how do you think 6-2 and the MEng Program has prepared you?

As an MEng student, I am concentrating in graphics and human-computer interfaces and plan to pursue the same interests in industry. 6-2 gave me a great foundation in EECS, and the MEng program has allowed me to spend time honing my skills in the subjects that I find most exciting and networking with people who share my interests. I would definitely recommend the MEng program to anyone considering it.