Vinay Lagisetty (MEM ’11) has a diverse set of interests that include racquetball, cooking Indian-Italian fusion food, and enjoying Spanish tapas at Café Ba-Ba-ReeBa in Chicago. As he also likes to stay up to date on the latest tech news, it’s no surprise that his favorite company is Tesla. Vinay is a fan of how they combine innovation and the commercialization of green technology to challenge norms.
Vinay decided to pursue the MEM degree after selling his startup in an effort to “gain exposure into the management of technology companies. MEM offered a right balance of management courses in technology.” Now a director at CA Technologies, a business management software firm, he talked to us about his experience at Northwestern.
What was the best part about MEM?
MEM improves your credibility when seeking higher positions within a company. It gave me the confidence needed to apply for the job for which I was previously hesitant. MEM provided me with an analytical way to approach complex problems and present solutions to customers or management.
How has your MEM experience contributed to your career path?
After completing my degree, I took a position in CA Technologies. The skills I learned at Northwestern helped me excel in my technical responsibilities and improve some of the process challenges that impacted the business unit. This led CA management to recommend me for the Leadership Development Program. My current position is Practice Director of Security and Compliance.
What did you find unique about your MEM experience at Northwestern?
The NUvention course offered was a unique immersive experience, which brought the challenge of putting the lessons learned in the classroom into practice in the world of startups.
(Note: NUvention is an interdisciplinary course designed to inspire collaboration and expose students to the entire innovation and entrepreneurial life cycle.)
What advice would you offer students currently in the program?
Networking is very important; spend some time outside the classroom to build strong connections and friendships.