PhD Economics '09
Grand Valley State University
What led you to pursue a doctorate?
"Experiences at the software company I was working at made me think that game theory and economics can be used to make better compensation decisions, reduce office politics, and improve the atmosphere at the workplace. I came to Purdue to learn this art."
What did you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?
"Close interaction with faculty, which facilitates learning-'the Socrates approach.'"
How would you describe the quality of living in West Lafayette?
"For a person with family, it's great."
How would you describe your teaching experience while at Krannert?
"It's a little different from the way it works in India, but when one learns the method it's an enriching and enjoyable experience."
What kinds of research opportunities did you have at the Krannert School?
"Many...my dissertation and related papers on peer appraisals, and a host of projects where my computer science background is useful-algorithms for contract theory, estimating housing demand, estimating factors that drive online music ratings, pricing a popular beverage and some to follow."
How would you describe the Krannert faculty?
"The faculty are compassionate and genuinely interested in the student's success."
Away from work...what are some of your hobbies?
"Indian and Western classical music, badminton, and tennis."