From Air Force to academia, Prof. Sovan Mohanty discusses his career graph

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About The Faculty
Name Sovan Mohanty
Designation Assistant Prof – Electronics & Communication, SRMS CET, Bareilly
Qualification B. Tech, ME (Specialization in Microwave Engineering), Birla Institute Of Technology

Professional Experience 14.7 yrs with the Air Force

It’s not very often that you come across a faculty member who has worked with the Air Force for almost two decades. That’s just what Mr. Sovan Mohanty, Assistant Professor; Electronics And Communications at SRMS CET, Bareilly has done before embarking on his academic journey. “I had a fascination for aviation and I worked on MiG 20 fighter planes for over 18 years. I have seen a lot of issues crop up in my professional journey and believe that they shouldn’t be repeated in students’ lives. That’s why I chose to be an academic,” he says matter-of-factly.

Flying high in his professional career

Prof. Mohanty has done his Masters in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology with specialization in microwave RF and microwave engineering. He has also done his research in 1900 microwave engineering, with a special focus on passive and active component designing. He talks about his journey as he says, “I try to relate microwave engineering to human body and how radiations affect us. With research, engineering can be combined with life sciences, to innovate and make lives more comfortable for people. That drives me professionally.”

Professional experience to the classroom

Prof. Mohanty does his best to bring that drive and professional ethics to the classroom. He believes that his efforts can help future engineers avoid the mistakes that have been made in the past. With SRMS group of institutions he has found the perfect platform to ensure that he brings out the best from his students. “For me teaching is all about gaining knowledge by influencing young minds. SRMS has fantastic infrastructure and deep rooted desire to create miracles through education. I liked its disciplined and aesthetic approach to teaching,” he adds.

Additional efforts to make learning fun for students

According to Prof. Mohanty, as an academic you can’t believe there are tedious subjects for students as your job is to make things simpler for them. He asserts that you can do that by using innovative teaching pedagogy and updating your skills regularly. “I used to go for IEEE seminars and in vacations would head to different IITs to understand how they set up labs etc. It helps me prepare for my classes a lot better. At the end of the day you have to bear in mind your students’ mindsets to offer them a learning experience they relate to,” he ends on a sound note.

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