Electrical Engineering Society

   

IIT Delhi

Soham Roy

-By Harshit Jain

We present to you the interview of Soham Roy, who is currently doing his M.S. at University of Texas, Austin. He did his intership at Samsung Research Institute, Banglore. He also did a research Intern in the end of second year at Georgia Institute of Technology. Along with keeping a good academic record, he was also involved with the Music Club, IIT Delhi. Let's listen to his experiences and some words of advice.

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1.What were your most memorable moments at IIT? Could you describe any moments when you felt low at IIT and what you did to get back to normal?

I had been a day scholar for most of my time here. My last semester was the most memorable one, when I spent considerable time in campus and went on drives, music/poetry events and trips with friends. I had felt low when my CGPA dropped below 9 after the 4th semester. I realised later that I had taken up too much on my plate, and that everyone had a different level of ability to cope up with workload. I took up fewer courses in the subsequent semesters and worked more thoroughly in each of them, which helped me raise my CGPA above 9 again.


2. What changes did you notice in your personality before and after IIT? How have your extra-curricular activities and internships been instrumental in causing the change?

I was an introvert person in my initial years here. Not much changed till the end of my 2nd year. During the foreign exchange program I naturally had to open up and started interacting with a lot of other people from different countries. I came to realise how everyone had interesting and different perspectives about the same things. My participation in music events significantly helped me improve my interpersonal skills and taught me how to work in a team, as I was a part of the institute fusion music band. My industrial internship at Samsung brought me in contact with several students from different colleges. It also taught me how to place myself in a corporate platform through my interactions with the company employees. I was the class representative in my final year, and that way I happened to interact with almost every student and various faculty members in the department over several issues - something I would not have imagined before coming to IIT. All these experiences moulded a positive change in my personality.


3. What words of advice would you give to your juniors- some things that they should do, some changes in the way of thinking, etc. Any specific advice for students of any particular year?

The two pieces of academic advice I would like to give are: (a) maintain a good CGPA because it is important, and (b) try as many projects/internships as possible. In particular, I would advise the 1st year students not to lose focus and maintain sincerity towards academics while enjoying college life.


4. What projects did you work on during IIT? Any favourite research stream?

The only major project I did at IIT was my BTP, which was on wind energy harvesting using a switched reluctance generator. I had enjoyed the courses on electric drives and power systems in my 6th semester. So I chose this project and subsequently got motivated towards pursuing higher studies in this area. Apart from this, I did a research internship at Georgia Tech after my 2nd year. I had worked on switched mode PLLs there. It was an enriching experience, despite the limited work I could do there in 2 months. I also worked on a small research project on wireless sensors during the exchange program. During the exchange program, I had to take a slight detour from the core EE curriculum due to the lack of availability of suitable courses there. After returning from there, I found it difficult to cope up with academics so I didn't take up any project and focused solely on courses. But now I believe that taking up more projects could have helped me hone my research skills further.


5. Did you find Electrical Engineering branch exciting? Any specific advice for your juniors in this branch?

Yes, EE is a very versatile, diverse and interesting branch. Explore it in as much depth as possible, and do not blindly follow others into their career paths.


6.Have you been to any other IIT in these 4 years? How was it different from IITD? Can we bring that change in IITD if the change is for the better?

I went to IITK for the Inter IIT Cultural Meet 2017. Their campus being located away from the main city, has a large area. Consequently there is much less space crunch than IITD, especially in the hostels. There definitely is scope of improvement in IITD hostels even within the given space constraints. Besides, IITD's grading system, audit policy etc. are more liberal, and I think that they should not be changed for the benefit of the students.


7. Have you found your passion? Many people face a dilemma over “what is that they would love to do in life”. How did your time at IIT help you realise your future goals and what is it that you want to do in life?

I cannot say that I see myself working in the same field for the rest of my life. I would define passion as an activity that gives joy/satisfaction, irrespective of success or failure. But while being passionate about something, it is also important to remain open minded. Often people's interests change with time and one should keep themselves flexible to be able to adapt to such changes. I tried out different types of projects/internships to figure out what I wanted to do. I had enjoyed my research internship and the power systems course very much. That is why I chose to go for higher studies and pursue research.


8. Many students find it difficult to balance academics and extracurricular activities. How were you able to achieve this balance?

I always used extra currics as a mode of recreation and chose to stick to just one activity (music) for that. With events spaced out evenly across the semester, our practice sessions complemented the academics well. I already mentioned how music helped me in many ways. I had tried out debating as well, and it helped me better my oratory skills significantly. But I did not find it as interesting, and participating in two activities was not letting me focus on academics. So I continued with music only. I feel it is important to have at least one extra curricular/co-curricular activity. But it is necessary to strike a balance by choosing an activity that helps one relax and leaves enough time for academics.


9. Any regrets from your time at IIT?

I regret having missed out on a lot of campus life, as I was a day scholar (but I'm sure that's not the case with more than 5% students). The other thing I regret is not having worked on more projects at IIT. I would suggest juniors to make best use of project opportunities under various faculty members that they find interesting.