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MS ITM Student Leadership Council


Anvay Thakare

Anvay Thakare

What role do I play on the Council?
I am student ambassador at ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
If you want to broaden your horizons and explore the different career paths, then ITM program at UTD is where you start. ITM program presents you with plethora of opportunities to build your career. The copious number of courses accommodated with the flexibility is one the most salient features of ITM program. Whether you want to build your career in business analytics or cyber security, or you want to delve into the concepts of ERP, ITM program has it all.

My advise to you
UTD has lots of things to offer and you have lots of things to explore and to learn from, make a good use of it. Dream big, get out of your comfort zone, believe in your-self and never quit. Remember, don’t start behind the eight ball, if you want to get in the front.

Aratrika Sanyal

Aratrika Sanyal

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The freedom of choice. MSITM gives you the freedom and options to choose from a very versatile and engaging curriculum. Added to this, is the immense support and resources from the University and faculty, that makes this program particularly unique and personalized. I am all geared up for this roller-coaster ride!

My advise to you
Don’t inhibit or reserve yourself into following a planned set of objectives. Be outgoing and flexible enough to grab opportunities that come your way. Make your choices, connect with people, create memories and have no regrets. As the song goes ‘Today is when your book begins; the rest is still Unwritten…’

Atul Kotecha

Atul Kotecha

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
UTD MIS is the blend of all the business and technology acumen I needed for that next step in my career. Flexibility of the program helps me being a full-time employee as well as a full-time graduate student. The course has numerous electives to build a strong foundation for students aiming to learn cutting edge technology and business skills.

My advise to you
Get the most out of program. Start with unlocking the leadership potential by getting involved in student organization, build a good network and enjoy the on-campus life. Harness the business skills that you learn in classroom to take a professional leap forward.

Bharti Chauhan

Bharti Chauhan

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The courses help us to think critically and help build our foundations strongly. There are multiple options to choose from and that helps us in building our profile the way we want it to be. There are continuous growth and improvement opportunities, we can make the best use of resources and become proficient in the skills we choose.

My advise to you
We are all on our own paths. Know your strengths, have an aim and work on those goals gradually. We can all find our place somewhere. We cannot really compare us with others. Try everything that comes your way, we may never know what takes us to which great places.

Manali Thorat

Manali Thorat

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The MS ITM program at UTD provides students with a perfect blend of technical and business courses with a flexibility to choose from different specialization tracks.
Along with this, the program also provides students with the opportunities to get industry experience via internships and with some courses that allow them to work with industry professionals.

My advise to you
People are ready to help and advice you. Just take that first step of initiating a talk and network with them and you never know which opportunity might open up for you.

Monika Kulkarni

Monika Kulkarni

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The most appealing aspect of the MS ITM program is the flexibility it offers in terms of course structure. Continuous efforts are put into diversifying the courses within multiple tracks which better prepares the students to gain a competitive edge in the market. The program bridges the gap between students and faculty through various channels like coffee-chats, mixers and webinars. I also like the fact that it offers a plethora of opportunities to network and grow as an individual.

My advise to you
Work hard, get involved, be kind and strive to become the best version of yourself!

Namratha Nagaraj

Namratha Nagaraj

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The faculty and cohort offer an expanse of experiences and versatile learning. The energy on campus is infectious – you’ll also want to seek, soar and achieve. A student-oriented curriculum, with a lot of events that foster your networks and professional growth, preparing you not just for the year but for life – that’s ITM in a nutshell.

My advise to you
Make the most of college- learn from everyone, learn everything you ever wanted to, and then give back some!

Prateek Nayan

Prateek Nayan

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
As per my experience, flexibility is the “chakra” of this course. The course of study provides a creative synergy between technology and management and is designed to meet the demands of the constantly evolving business-technology environment. Students learn to be responsible leaders who will shape how information technology drives business success.

My advise to you
Be yourself, do not hesitate to live your life and think with your head. Your life is only yours and nobody’s more. Always try to be a kind from heart. No one except you knows what’s best for you.

Priyanka Prakash Babu

Priyanka Prakash Babu

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
It is the versatility of the program that first caught my eye. Whether a fresher or a latent with a few years of experience, ITM offers the right blend of courses and specialization catering to both the crowd. Hence, opening doors to myriad of opportunities.
And it did not take me more than a few weeks to realize that ITM at UTD is much more than this. It is the impressive faculty student interactions, the mentoring sessions, various student organizations are what makes MS ITM at UTD a unique and the most sought out program by students. Having Professors like Mark Thouin and Gaurav Shekar who are always willing to help students in every possible way is the icing on the cake. Glad to be part of this program!

My advise to you
Network with people to not only gain insights about their experiences but also stay connected to build new relationships and trust. Get help from our every ready faculties and students and be ready to help your peers as well. Knowledge shared is knowledge squared.

Rhea Dsouza

Rhea Dsouza

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The MS-ITM program is a perfectly tailored amalgam of technical and business courses. The flexibility and versatility offered not only lets you specialize in specific areas but also opens the doors to consulting, management and a plethora of endless opportunities.
JSOM’s MS-ITM program has helped me grow, both personally and professionally, learning new technologies, industry applications, networking and interaction in today’s job environment.

My advise to you
Change begins the moment you get the courage to step outside your comfort zone. Grab every opportunity you get, take risks, don’t give up, don’t stop trying, and always believe in yourself. It may take time, but in the end it will all be worth it. And while you’re planning for tomorrow don’t forget to live for today. Even in the darkest skies, Comets shine bright.

Rohan Paul

Rohan Paul

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The best part of the ITM program is its curriculum which offers students a bunch of subjects to choose from, which belong to both technology and management. It is a perfect blend of the two. It not only creates students to enlighten themselves about various emerging technologies but also to develop and build their management skills and persona. ITM program conducts a lot of activities throughout the year which focusses on giving students the exposure of the real corporate world. It enables you to become a leader of the future and you can hit the ground running.

My advise to you
Try and explore as much as possible. These two years will be the best two years of your life. Involve in various activities which constantly keep taking place inside and outside the campus. Interact with different people, make friends and embrace their culture. Apart from studies indulge in activities which creates a lot of memories for you to look back and smile. Go comets! Whoosh!

Shubhi Kala

Shubhi Kala

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The program offers a flexible and industry-focused curriculum. It allows you to pursue one of the many specialized tracks or choose a mix of courses from different tracks. A perfect balance of IT and Management courses along with the opportunities of gaining skills and building connections through student organizations makes you career ready.

My advise to you
Learn through active listening and observing, work hard with perseverance, reach out for help when you need it, network with experienced people, make good friends, and most importantly enjoy your graduate life to the fullest.

Aanchal Nagpal

Aanchal Nagpal

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for the ITM SLC social media team and also help co-ordinate events.

What I like the best about the program?
The ITM program gives you great flexibility to not only explore your career interests but also to venture into new tracks. The program makes you technically sound and prepares you to become future leaders. It makes sure everyone thinks on their toes, is agile and industry ready.

My advise to you
Do not shy away from exploring things out of your comfort zone. Go to that networking event, talk to your peers, talk to Professors, participate in competitions and you will thank yourself by the end of your course program.

Sahasranshu Purohit

Sahasranshu Purohit

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for the ITM SLC, working with the e-mail and events team.

What I like the best about the program?
If you ask me to tell about our program and its outcomes in one line, I would say “You name it, we have it”. The ITM program at JSOM welcomes students from diverse background, you have the opportunity to build your career in any emerging field of your liking.

My advise to you
Stay focused in your academics and also engage in extra-curricular activities. What you do today, shapes your tomorrow hence “Make your day count” !

Ojas Sonnis

Ojas Sonnis

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador at the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The ITM Program provides students with just the right mix of technical and management courses, which are perfect for the professional growth of a grad student.

My advise to you
Don’t be afraid to explore and cherish the moments that you spend in UTD. Opportunity favours the brave, so take risks and never give up!

Nishant Rana

Nishant Rana

What role do I play on the Council?
I help with the events and am the sports coordinator for the ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The Program brings different cultures across the globe all together and give students the competency and flexibility to create and maintain a competitive edge in the IT environment. It’s a nice blend of technology and management that makes students ready for the industry.

My advise to you
Your discipline and hard work will eventually lead you to the goals and accomplishments. Always be a humble person, be honest and sincere towards your work, interact with people and keep smiling

Saurav Pati

Saurav Pati

What role do I play on the Council?
I am the Student Ambassador for ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
This program lets you keep your career options open. You can either become a data scientist, data analyst, supply chain analyst etc. The perfect mix of management along with the technical courses will definitely pave the way for a highly skilled project manager.

My advise to you
Network with as many people as possible. Learn from their experience and let them know about yours. Also, be an active face for some organizations because it matters. You would come across several extra-curricular activities happening around, take part in them and make your journey fun-filled.

Bhushan Sonmale

Bhushan Sonmale

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador of the ITM SLC working with the Yocket and email team.

What I like the best about the program?
If you are a fresher with no experience, there is a plethora of opportunities for you to explore the latest trends and technologies along with the way business operates. If you are an individual with industry experience, you have specialization tracks to study, get certified and be masters in your domain. This is the best part of the ITM program at JSOM. It acts as an umbrella of endless opportunities keeping you strong and safe, on a sunny and a rainy day too!

My advise to you
It is not easy to make a choice, but once you make the right one your success does not have limits. Right choices open doors of opportunities and experiences, and every single experience counts. Make the right choice, join the umbrella!

Shreyash Churi

Shreyash Churi

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for the ITM SLC email team and also help co-ordinate sports events.

What I like the best about the program?
The ITM program equips you with copious amount of opportunities. The tracks and certifications offered by the course are unparalleled and help students to choose competent career path. The credit system furnished by this program allows students to tailor the courses offered by tracks as per one’s inclinations.

My advise to you
After selecting ITM program in UTD among other admits before coming here, I can confidently say that this has been one of the best decisions. If you are confused about which career to move forward with may it be technical or management, this is the perfect place to be in. Along with the curriculum, be involved in few extra-curricular activities and increase your network each day. Not everything is learnt sitting in a class.

Jatan Rathod

Jatan Rathod

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for the ITM SLC E-mail team.

What I like the best about the program?
Thinking of a career in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics, Enterprise Systems, IT Consulting or in Cyber-security, ITM program has got it all covered. This flexibility to take courses from any of the tracks aligning with your career interests and goals is what i like the most about the program.

My advise to you
Go out of your comfort zone and make the most out of all the opportunities that you get here at UTD. Apart from academics, just follow your passion and be part of student organizations to meet new people, learn new things and build your people skills.

Karan Bahal

Karan Bahal

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for the ITM SLC Yocket team.

What I like the best about the program?
The MS ITM program at UT Dallas has a structured, flexible and industry-oriented curriculum, which helps amalgamate the world of Business and Technology. Moreover, presence of Student organizations and Company visits to the campus provide countless learning and job opportunities.

My advise to you
A blend of Analytical ability, Networking and Sincerity towards achieving goals is what makes you a successful professional.

Bhavan Mehta

Bhavan Mehta

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador for ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The flexibility of the MS ITM program is something that makes it attractive. The program is industry-driven and Professor also helps students in many ways, Prof calls industry-people to share their experience with respective technologies in the industry. This program lets you keep your career options open. You can either become a Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Data Scientist, etc. It has a very well-organized structure for specialization in various areas.

My advise to you
Network with as many people as possible either in a career fair or through LinkedIn. Learn from their experience and let them know about yours. Seek a balanced blend of academics and extra-curricular activities for holistic development. Be honest and sincere towards your work and you will get rewarded with the best.

Femina Pereira

Femina Pereira

What role do I play on the Council?
I am the Student Ambassador of ITM SLC, and I participate in planning, implementation and volunteering of the various events organized for graduate students by the SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The best thing about the program is its extremely flexible nature and being up to date with the current industry demands and standards. We have variety of options to choose from and get exposed to newer information technologies keeping with the pace of the digital transformations.

My advise to you
I believe in living in the present and making the most of the moment you are in. Because you never know when your golden opportunity is on its way. Life may get overwhelming but don’t give up, hang in there, because everything has its own time.

Lakshmi Mallika Siripurapu

Lakshmi Mallika Siripurapu

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador working with the ITM SLC email team.

What I like the best about the program?
One of the most important things I like about MS ITM program at UTD is the way the course curriculum is designed. It gives the flexibility to choose various technical and management courses which make the academic structure very dynamic and tailored to the students’ career needs. The courses offered enables the students to face industry level challenges.

My advise to you
Believe in your true potential, listen to your guts and do what you love. We have an amazing bunch of people here at UTD who are always willing to help you. Network! Who says you have to achieve things all alone!

Kawaljeet Singh Chadha

Kawaljeet Singh Chadha

What role do I play on the Council?
I am the Student Ambassador in the ITM SLC

What I like the best about the program?
ITM program curriculum, with an emphasis on data management, programming, and management, seems to be custom-made for me. Moreover, you can choose subjects of your interests from a various pool of electives which make this ITM program best among all other programs. This program has always given its students a chance not just to dream, but a chance, more importantly to believe.

My advise to you
Always open to learn new things apart from only academics. Make sure you mix-up and make connections through clubs, events and all other extracurricular activities which will ultimately help you to grow. Lastly, do things that makes you happy because life is short. Cheers.

Durgalakshmi Sundararaman

Durgalakshmi Sundararaman

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador working with the ITM SLC email team.

What I like the best about the program?
MS ITM program lets you decide the career path rather than chalking it out. The diverse nature of the program with a good blend of managerial courses sums up to an enriching student life that makes you career ready.

My advise to you
Try to be better than who you were yesterday. Make memories and never waste time.

Snigdha Rao Papannagari

Snigdha Rao Papannagari

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a Student Ambassador working with the ITM SLC email team and a Program Mentor too.

What I like the best about the program?
The MS ITM program has an immensely flexible curriculum that caters to students with varying backgrounds. The support and resources provided by the program management are truly unmatched.

My advise to you
Exploration and communication along with the right kind of networking can work wonders for your career.

Shivani Mehta

Shivani Mehta

What role do I play on the Council?
I am the Student Ambassador at ITM SLC.

What I like the best about the program?
The ITM program is a good mix of technical and management courses along with different tracks for specialization offering lucrative course choices for students to pick from. Also, the course suits both students with prior work experience and students with no prior experience due to the flexibility and choices it offers.

My advise to you
Get out of your comfort zone, because real growth begins only outside of it. Make the best use of every opportunity you get, don’t hold yourself back. Reach out to people, network with them, share experiences.

Nimisha Palkar

Nimisha Palkar

What role do I play on the Council?
I am a student ambassador for ITM SLC email team, and I also volunteer for sports events.

What I like the best about the program?
The program offers comprehensive set of courses, projects and certifications which help students develop their technical skill. It is a perfect blend of management and technical courses that prepares you for competitive business world.

My advise to you
Connect with people, make new friends, learn every day, seek new opportunities and make most out of your day.

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time & energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” – Nelson Mandela

The M.S. ITM Student Leadership Council is an invincible force of the program, helping prospective and current students traverse the labyrinth the ITM program can appear to be. We are currently an 18-member team who is looking to expand and grow to better serve our fellow students.

  • We are instrumental in welcoming and positioning new students in the right direction at the “ITM orientation”.
  • We guide our friends in their course choices at the “Advising Pods” and help restructure their resume at the “Resume Pods” to make an impact with prospective employers.
  • We regularly organize events such as “Spring Mixer”, “Fall Mixer”, “Graduate Mixer” and “Internship Panel” to give students, faculty and alumni an opportunity to blend in a casual environment that also encourages a good conversation.
  • We regularly organize events such as “Spring Mixer”, “Fall Mixer”, “Graduate Mixer” and “Internship Panel” to give students, professors and alumni an opportunity to blend in a casual environment that also encourages a good conversation.
  • We are unequivocal about our experience in this program at the “Online Information Sessions” and “Webinars” to educate students about the benefits they can reap through the M.S. ITM program.
  • We use the aroma of rich coffee to lure students to our “Coffee chats” where we aim to get an in-depth understanding of positives and negatives our friends encounter during their time in the program. We then work on mitigating the weakness and growing our strengths.
  • We also provide input to the Program Director and Program Manager about course improvements and student suggestions.
  • Our Email team enthusiastically thanks everyone for their interest in the ITM program as we address student’s queries in an articulate fashion and in a timely manner.
  • We know the value of a #goodtweet, a like, a filter, a profile and a connection! We have a dedicated Social Media team that is working to increase the reach of the ITM program in a variety of social media platforms.
  • We are working on setting up the Mentoring team that will bring new students on board a whole lot faster so that they never have to face any rough seas!

J.R.R Tolkien wrote in his book, The Fellowship of the Rings, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”! We are doing just that by being the voice of the ITM student body and the soul of the ITM program as we all work to mold the program to a better version of itself.