Anirudh works in R&D at Scania.
Anirudh Deshpande graduated from the master’s programme in Engineering Design in 2018. He is now working as a CAE engineer at Scania in Södertälje.
Hi Anirudh, where are you working at the moment?
I'm currently working at Scania CV AB in Södertälje. I work in R&D with engine development as a calculation or CAE engineer. I'm part of the engine strength analysis group.
What can a regular working day look like?
It usually involves sitting in front of a computer and building FE (finite element) models and performing simulations. Our group primarily focuses on structural mechanics which deal with strength calculations of engine components, fatigue analysis, and vibration analysis, etc. In addition, I also have discussions and meetings with the designers and other stake holders on what I intend to do and convey my findings or results from the simulations that I perform.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
When I was searching online for different master’s programmes abroad, I happened to come across KTH. I was looking for a programme in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on mechanical design and product development but that still provided some flexibility in choosing courses. The Engineering Design programme with the Machine design track provided just the right combination that I was looking for. The programme also has some very distinguished professors with a strong research background.
What were the best aspects of your studies at KTH?
The best part of my master’s studies was the Advanced Machine Design course where one is involved with an industry project spanning over roughly one year where the students in a group design, analyse, manufacture, and test the prototype by the end of the course. This really helped me understand the complexities and challenges involved in product development. It also made me realise that cost and time play a significant role in the development of any new product. Apart from the courses, I was also had the unique opportunity to be part of the Shell Eco-marathon competition in London where student teams from various fields come together to design and build energy-efficient cars and compete. This was a fun and extremely knowledge enriching experience which I would always cherish.
What is your best memory from your time at the university?
Meeting new people and spending time with my friends was what I enjoyed the most. It was not only fun to discuss new ideas or thoughts among friends but also to learn a little more about their background, language and culture as everyone brought something new to the table. This has also helped me look at things from a new perspective and be more understanding. I also remember the late-night assignment submissions just before the deadline. Trust me, it is fun when you have friends who are in the same boat as you.
What are your plans for the future?
I wish to continue working as a CAE engineer at Scania and improve my skills and knowledge in the field of solid mechanics. I would like to work on different and more challenging problems in the future and hope to be an expert in this domain. In the long run, I would like to reach a position where I can provide guidance and vision for the next generation of engines/trucks. I would also like to share my knowledge and experience with the young adults who are pursuing engineering and stepping into the industry. Hopefully, I can motivate them further and ignite some young minds.
What would you want to say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?
The programme is very comprehensive and has a good industry-academia partnership. If you are passionate about designing and building new products and want to develop the right attitude and approach for doing so, then I would highly recommend this programme.