WiSE Feature Interview- Kanika Singh

How did you get started in the field of systems engineering?

In my life, there is an ever-growing list of role models of extraordinary engineers who helped me to shape up to the technological career. Though my first inspiration is my father who paved my path towards engineering field. My father’s remarkable achievements during his lifetime and now, still impact me to be a better Engineer. While pursuing Electronics and Instrumentation system engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi), my first research paper on piezoelectric system, presented at IEEE International conference, Atlanta, USA 1999 was awarded as best paper. I was selected to pursue further studies in University of Karlsruhe, Germany where I got exposure to micro/nano sensor system integrated with Automation & Control Systems. IEEE society membership since 1996 gave me several platforms and opportunities to interact with the pioneers of system engineering from various interdisciplinary field. During my Ph.D, from Pusan National University, South Korea, I was awarded the IEEE outstanding young engineer award. Further, my job as Senior Project Manager at ABS has broadened my horizon for sustainable digitalized marine & offshore system engineering.

What do you find interesting or exciting about working in the field of systems science and systems engineering?

System Engineering is a broad terminology which incorporates several multi-disciplinary fields. Effectiveness of systems engineering methods and innovative techniques are shaping the future and changing the world towards a sustainable world. It has several areas for which I am passionate especially for working in augmented reality, artificial intelligence system, and digitalization. Digitalization is the key to overcome industrial system challenges, eliminating duplicative efforts and providing data accuracy with IOT’s billion of smart sensor system analysis and data management system. It provides increased agility and better business model for Oil and gas industry. Digitalization of project management creates transparency in working process, accelerates delivery and pace up the business competitiveness.

What advice do you have for those just starting out in the field of systems engineering?

Systems engineers are the pillars of developing the efficient new systems. They design, conceptualize, integrate, and manage complex systems over their life cycles. System design needs to be backed up with market & risk assessment so that the innovative system can be deployed to appropriate applications. The key success factors are enabling a variety of feedback, tremendous insights, and professional peer support to help tackle specific problems to take your job to new heights. Position yourself to lead and ferment sustainability system project initiatives through your organization and try to the edge your way across.

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