UC Simulation Center Student Profiles

A glimpse into the background of students working at the Sim Center

Shaoni Gupta

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Major: Business Analytics
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Kolkata, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? The opportunities of working in different kinds of industry relevant projects

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? Genuinely enjoy the quiet working environment. Also, the coffee machine has been a great support! :D

What are your hobbies? I enjoy singing the most during my free time as long as my roommates ain't complaining.

Favorite food? Butter Chicken fan for life!

Ashan Dayananda

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Major: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

What drew you to the Sim Center? I’m generally a curious person and I like to understand how things work in an industrial environment. At the Sim Center, I have the opportunity to work on an industrial-level project while being a graduate student. This helps me to gain experience and improve my skills and knowledge.  

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? The working environment at the Sim Center is very welcoming. And I am grateful that I got the opportunity to work with people who are excited about their professions. My P&G Mentors Dr. Peter Koenig and Dr. David Eike are very helpful and flexible. I learned how to apply my computational chemistry skills in real-life problems.  

What are your hobbies? I play cricket with my friends.

Favorite food? Hot wings and Chocolate Pudding Pie

Shivam Bindal

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Major: Business Analytics
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: New Delhi, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? – The opportunity to work with P&G on real-world data science project

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? – Whenever I visit Sim Center to work for my Research Assistantship work, I immediately reminisce my time at my previous organization (ZS) as the look and feel of Sim Center resembles that of a corporate office. Working at Sim Center truly gives me that corporate experience and private space where I can study or work for my RA in peace.

What are your hobbies? – Watching Anime and Exploring Places, Food & Tech

Favorite food? – Waffle & Chicken

Matthew J. Klich

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Major: PhD Computer Science & Engineering
Graduation Year: 2026
Hometown: Chicago, IL

What drew you to the Sim Center? Being able to do real work while attending school.

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? The focused community and innovation hub. 

What are your hobbies? Audio/Visual and Music Events, Triatholon Sports

Favorite food? Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

Bharadwaj “Ben” Dogga


Major: Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: Fall 2022
Hometown: Mumbai, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? An opportunity to get an insight into P&G's student culture and the funding opportunities is what initially attracted me to apply at the Simulation Center.

What's do you enjoy about most working at the Sim Center? Now that I am inside, I feel like I most enjoy the networking opportunities with mentors, professors, and seniors from various fields of Mathematics, Business, and Engineering. There is also the "collective productivity" benefit that comes with looking at everyone around you working on their projects in silence. As if these two options were not great enough, there is a plethora of software licenses and tutorials that you can just unlock and learn using your Simulation center email. Finally, for all the caffeine seeking students like me, there is free coffee!

What are your hobbies? I love volunteering and working on my communication skills. Meeting new people and collecting their experiences is what recharges me and I spend most of my free time doing that.

Favorite food? Burgers! Once you get out of the usual Mcdonalds and Wendy's spicy chicken, I suggest you try local places. It's a whole new world.

Vedangini Kala

Major: Business analytics
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Uttarakhand, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? I am an international student and wanted to work on a research project, which will give me some industry experience before I start working full time.

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? I really enjoy working with my mentor who is very friendly and supportive. It has been a great learning experience at the center so far. Other than that, I really enjoy the atmosphere at the center which is very conducive.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy cooking and exploring new places. I like long walks and enjoy hiking as well.

Favorite food? Fruits

Yamini Tawde

Major: Business Analytics

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Mumbai, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? UC Simulation Center is a place where innovation meets technology. I saw it as a perfect opportunity to apply advanced skills I had acquired during master's degree to solve real world problems. The collaboration of Simulation Center with P&G provides an exposure of interacting with industry professionals and helps gain a truly enriching career experience. 

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? I enjoy working at Simulation Center with my team which guides me to grow both professionally and personally. I also like the Simulation Center office space which is cool and provides positive work environment.

What are your hobbies? Reading novels, Listening to music.

Favorite food Pizza 

Amish Kapoor

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Major: MS in Business Analytics

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Chandigarh, India

What drew you to the Sim Center? I was looking for opportunities to apply my technical skills while studying at the university, and after talking to a few seniors as well as reading about the same on university website, I decided to apply for a position and contribute to innovation at one of the largest CPG companies in the world

What do you enjoy most working at the Sim Center? For me, the best part about working at the sim center is not just the work and learnings, but, the amazing people I get to work with

What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing different sports (such as volleyball, tennis, and badminton), and love to go on treks and explore different cultures and places

Favorite food? Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani