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Varun

Location:

Oakland, CA
Hometown: Oakland

Member since:

June 30, 2012

What aspect of Ann Arbor LEAP interest you most?

The idea of taking away at least one actionable skill to my job...whether it is a management technique, entrepreneurial skill etc. The idea of also meeting professionals in different industries is appealing because it is always good to stay exposed to other contacts/ideas/skills etc

Which 3 words describe you best?

Accepting (new ideas, people, religions etc) Curious (keep asking why) Flexible (willing to improve or change if need be)

If you could spend one day with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?

Carol Dweck (Current psychology professor at Stanford) This might be surprising; I've not mentioned anyone super famous like Gandhi or Mandela. But Carol Dweck published research indicating the difference between static and dynamic mindset...how this mindset has a profound impact on how we approach our lives, jobs, friends, family etc. Basically her thesis is that people with dynamic mindsets (willing to adapt) are more likely to preserve through difficulties, be more successful, be more humble, and lead mentally more stable lives. And that this dynamic mindset is one that can be developed, it is not innate as we are inclined to believe. I was particularly struck by the fact that her research indicates parents and elders should praise their kids for effort, not results (it is the best way to develop a dynamic or growth mindset at a young age)...it breeds perseverance, and wanes out entitlement. www.mindsetonline.com

What type of work do you do?

I work as a chemical research engineer at Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) 100mi away in Hemlock, MI. HSC manufactures high purity silicon that is used in the semiconductor and solar industries to make electronic chips and solar panels. I also work as a volunteer in Ann Arbor every other week with Non-Profit Enterprise at Work (NEW). Currently I help with managing client lists and contacts, as well as outreach for NEW. I will also get involved with social media in the future.

Introduction

I graduated with my bachelors degree in Chemcial Engineering in 2010. Currently, I work full time and also do volunteer part-time (details below). I love the vibrancy of Ann Arbor and the opportunity to meet new folks in different fields.


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