Kanchan Vinayak Bhale | Systems Engineering Intern
Business Unit: Boeing India Engineering
Location: Bangalore, India
University: Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, India
Degree Program: Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Telecommunications
What program and team do you work on?
As a Systems Engineer Intern, my responsibility involves coordinating with Boeing Defense, Space and Security programs to determine model-based systems engineering training and tools. I work for the optimization of Production System Engineering through the integration of Artificial Intelligence Techniques.
Why did you decide to apply at Boeing, and what about Boeing's mission and the work we do inspires you?
The long tradition at Boeing for enhancing innovation and creating advanced technology solutions for customers on a global level has always inspired me and getting to be a part of this organization is a huge honor. Diversity and inclusion, being one of Boeing’s core principles, motivates me to give my best in the environment that provides space for people to connect, learn and find fulfillment.
What kind of skills are you building during your internship?
From the technical front, I am working on developing skills and in-depth knowledge in production cycle, model-based systems engineering pipeline and artificial intelligence. In addition to that, I’ve been taking some trainings and having internal conversations with my team members for safety management systems, composite materials and additive manufacturing for aircraft and space structures.
I’ve been able to increment my professional communication skills and incorporate the strategy of building interdisciplinary collaborations by communicating with people from different technical roles. Having conversations with people from different teams has introduced me to new skill sets, helping me in making decisions about my career.
What has been your proudest moment as a Boeing intern?
My proudest moments include getting acknowledged and appreciated for the work I do from my managers, mentor and the team. That has always been a very strong motivation for me. This sense of accomplishment always drives me to give my best every day.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in interning at Boeing?
Understanding Boeing’s culture, goals and principles is the most important thing from my perspective. I also recommend having a diverse technical and non-technical background and connecting with likeminded people and interacting about their experience through informational interviews. You are not expected to know everything, but a curious and proactive nature in seeking information is always appreciated.
When you look back at this experience in five years, what do you think will be your greatest learning as a Boeing intern?
Getting to work at a leading global aerospace company in the early years of my engineering career has taught me how to implement my skills on real world problems. Starting my internship with a team that is exceptionally passionate about engineering and innovation is going to remain a crucial lesson and perspective for me.
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