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MS in Energy Management

Prachi Sheth

Prachi Sheth

Class of 2019

Sheth completed her bachelor’s degree in production engineering at the University of Mumbai, India. “During my internship at Godrej & Boyce, I got the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing of oil-and-gas equipment in detail. It was during this time that I decided to pursue a master’s degree, but I wasn’t sure which discipline was a good fit,” she said. Her father was involved in plastic recycling, and having been around him, she said, “I learned a lot about the importance of harmonious co-existence of humans with the environment around us.” She looked further into the environment and sustainability, learning that “energy is, in fact, a broader domain encompassing all the relevant areas of concern — especially the transition from conventional to nonconventional sources of energy.” The UT Dallas MS in Energy Management coursework offers energy asset management, which, Sheth said, was appealing. She also liked the cultural diversity on campus, its smaller class sizes and qualifying for a scholarship. “Apart from academics, I am passionate about cooking, dancing and traveling,” she said. Email Prachi.

Ritesh Kulkarni

Ritesh Kulkarni

Class of 2018

Kulkarni earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Pune, India. It was during his undergraduate years that he became fascinated with the economics and business side of the energy sector. This led him to his current path of earning the MS in Energy Management degree. He has a comprehensive technical background in oil and gas, but his current emphasis is on energy business and energy finance. Kulkarni is completing a concentration in energy risk management and finance, and upon graduation, he hopes to land a position using those skills. He chose the UT Dallas MS in Energy Management program because it meshed so closely with the career path he envisions for himself. “Also, UT Dallas has a warm and welcoming culture, and the international student environment on campus is friendly,” he said. He also noted the flexible course structure and the campus proximity to oil-and-gas company headquarters were other important factors that led him to Dallas. Email Ritesh.

Salma Khatun

Salma Khatun

Class of 2019

Khatun earned a PhD in geophysics in 2008 and then went to work for BP in Houston. For the following seven years, she worked with several oil and gas companies in Houston and Calgary, Canada. During that time, she took some coursework in energy economics and risk management, which, she said, made her interested to know more about the business aspects of the energy industry. “This interest led me to pursue an MS in Energy Management degree,” she said. After completing her degree, she hopes to find a business role in the energy industry. Khatun selected UT Dallas for two reasons: Its unique course design for a master’s program in energy management, and its career development support offered to Jindal School of Management students. And, she said, Dallas’ proximity to the energy capital of the world and the diversity of the campus life are two other factors that led her to UT Dallas. Email Salma.

Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Class of 2019

Gupta, who is pursuing an MS in Energy Management degree, received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Madhav Institute of Technology and Science in Gwalior, India. Before joining the UT Dallas MS in Energy Management program, he worked for a gas distribution company and for UHP Technologies, in Bangalore, India, where he handled projects for inert, toxic and nontoxic gases. He says he was attracted to UT Dallas because of its diverse, intimate and collaborative community. “It also offers a flexible curriculum,” he said. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading and photography. Email Prateek.

Chenghao Chu

Chenghao Chu

Class of 2019

Chu received his BS in Engineering Technology/Renewable Energy from West Texas A&M University in 2016. He is interested in energy utilization and energy innovation, and his goal is to make positive contributions to energy management. Chu enrolled at UT Dallas, where he is working on his MS in Energy Management degree, because it has renowned faculty and a wide selection of courses. After graduation, he plans to work in the energy management field and apply new ideas and technologies to real issues in order to improve the living standards of people. “I hope to realize the goals of energy saving and emission reduction,” he said. “I would like to become a top talent in energy management, thus creating a brand-new vision about the power of new energies.” Email Chenghao.

Sushit Shetty

Sushit Shetty

Class of 2019

Shetty is pursuing double degrees, an MS in Energy Management and an MBA. He previously earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Mumbai, India. After graduation, he had worked with ACC and Ambuja Cements India as a power-market operator. “It was during these six years that I learned to look at energy as a business source and the effect it had on the bottom line of a company,” Shetty said. “I had the conventional knowledge of power and electricity markets, but I needed a specialized curriculum that would tackle the energy problems of future. That is why the MS in Energy Management degree was imperative to meet my goals.” Shetty said UT Dallas offered relevant coursework, small class sizes and generous scholarships. “In my spare time, if I am not supporting Manchester United, I love traveling and wish to learn the art of travel vlogging one day,” he said. Email Sushit.

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