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Staff Profile: Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar

Going with the flow at the Grand Lake
in the Rocky Mountains, May 2006

Title: CFD Engineer

Education: B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Bombay, India. M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of New Mexico.

How long have you worked for Flow Science? It's been about 14 months. This is my first step in the corporate world and it feels great to have gone past the 1st year milestone.

What is the best part of your job (or why do you like working at Flow Science)? There are different aspects of my job which I enjoy. Let me explain:

Customer-interaction: I love the whole experience of meeting and talking to customers. It is a very live environment with ample opportunities and challenges for impromptu solutions. It is a great feeling to know that you are able to solve their problems. Just few months back I went to Taiwan to meet our associate and customers, which was a very informative, fun-filled and challenging experience.

Team-work: I get to work on different projects ranging from customer-support, porting, testing, development and documentation. Usually this involves working in small teams with developers, programmers, managers and engineers. I enjoy working in such teams as it allows for brainstorming sessions, multi-tasking, learning, troubleshooting and positive criticism.

Being a Part of Flow Science: The working environment of Flow Science is very friendly. I interact with almost all the members on a daily basis. Managers are very receptive to any kind of new ideas/suggestions. Personally, I find it very rewarding.

What is the most important thing you have learned from Flow Science customers? It's good only if the customers like it. That is the most important lesson which I have learned so far. Customers provide very unbiased, diverse and dynamic feedback. Working with a group of people for some time may structure your thinking in a particular way but with customers that's never a problem.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Family, mentors, friends, colleagues and famous personalities have influenced me at different stages. It will be hard to pick one. But if I had to pick one then it would be my four years at IIT-Bombay. During that time I had interacted with some of the most amazing individuals I have met so far. That experience is engraved into my personality and doesn't allow me to settle for anything but the best.

What is your favorite city in India? It has to be Bombay or as the locals call it, "Amchi Mumbai" (our Bombay). This city has everything that I like: crowd, chaos, a fast-pace and energy. I haven't seen a city as resilient as Bombay (I have not been to New York City yet). It doesn't matter if you are rich, middle class or poor, Bombay can accommodate anyone and everyone. If you ever go to Bombay don’t forget to eat “Wada-Pav” (the Indian version of a veggie burger)!

You've been taking dancing lessons. What's your favorite style of dance and what do you plan to learn next? I love Swing Dancing and really enjoy it. There are several styles in Swing Dancing like Lindy-Hop, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Savoy Swing. I hope to learn as many as I can, but most importantly I hope I can continue to enjoy the dance floor. For the past few months I have been trying to understand how the markets work and getting some self-taught lessons in economics. Who knows someday I may have a hit portfolio...