Throughout her academic career, Radhika Date has learned that industrial engineering is all-encompassing. Date, who hails from Pune, a metropolitan city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, recently graduated from NC State with her master’s degree in industrial engineering. She also completed coursework at the Poole College of Management, including a supply chain practicum course.
“The practicum project was a perfect challenge for Radhika to hone her already-excellent data management skills and develop her experience in problem solving and critical thinking,” says John Zapko, who served as Date’s practicum advisor while she worked on the project with Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “What made her an outstanding student was her quiet leadership. Never one to dominate the conversation or jump at the chance to speak first or aggressively share her opinion, she led by example as she patiently took in all views and then offered her own in a thoughtful and productive manner.”
Prior to coming to NC State, Date earned her bachelor’s degree in instrumentation and control engineering from Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s (MKSSS) Cummins College of Engineering for Women. She was (and still is) passionate about art, specifically painting, which would later give her the determination to take on a new culture.
After deciding to pursue her master’s degree, she focused on adjusting her mindset to help her navigate the Western world.