Preethi Ramaraj plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree concentration in business intelligence and data management systems. Preethi is currently an intern at Ericsson as a Quality Data Analyst and is the founder (President) of Systems Engineering and Management – Student Organization (SEM-SO) at UT Dallas. She created this organization because she saw a need for effective student-faculty networking and wanted to build awareness of the SEM program. Preethi also assists one of the SEM professors with her research project in Systems Engineering and Computer Science. In her down time, she enjoys taking photographs, reading, travelling and playing badminton and racquetball.
“I’m the kind of person who loves venturing into fresh and challenging territory, and pursuing a degree in a relatively new course like Systems Engineering and Management here at UT Dallas has empowered me to broaden my horizons and has set me in the right path towards achieving my career goals. One of the reasons I like SEM is its uniqueness. I feel like I’ve been prepared very well for the professional world because of the perfect blend of engineering and management courses SEM offers.
“There’s also a great mix of students in my classes. I love interacting with them because they have such wide ranges of interests and backgrounds. Being surrounded by these students has taught me to approach challenges from multiple perspectives. The faculty has been equally great and has been extremely helpful and supportive of my interests and aspirations. I feel like the faculty really value my opinion and welcome feedback and suggestions.
“In addition to everything I’ve learned from faculty and students, the knowledge that I acquired on business processes and methodologies in SEM was put to use in my internship at Ericsson. My time at Ericsson gave me a head start on figuring out simpler approaches to complex projects within my team, and I believe that this will facilitate my career path. The SEM program provides business knowledge and project-oriented perspective which I feel is imperative to the business world today.“I believe a good SEM student has a varied skill set including problem-solving techniques, innovative thinking supported with an open mindset and an ability to adapt to the dynamics of the coursework. I’m glad UT Dallas has helped me build my skills and has prepared me for a career in SEM and so much more.”