Janakiraman enjoys the dynamic environment at work
Janakiraman Thiyagarajan graduated from the master’s programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST) in 2016. He now works at Scania R&D in Södertälje.
Hi Janakiraman, where are you working at the moment?
I am currently working with Aerodynamic & Aero-acoustic design of Turbomachinery at Scania R&D.
What can a regular day look like at your job?
It is a lot of fun every single day! Since I work with pre-development projects (breaking new grounds), my colleagues and I deal with varied tasks every day. I work with hand calculations, drawings on boards to brainstorm and innovate, CFD, FEA, testing and analysis. You could find me at my desk running CFD simulations or fixing things at a test rig. It is highly dynamic and I love it. Simply put, I engineer turbos every day at work.
I have also worked with intake components of IC engines, developing parametric models in CAD that could be coupled to a CFD interface for optimal performance.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
I chose THRUST at KTH because it was a perfect academic fit with my previous experience and research interests. Prior to my master’s programme, I worked with jet engine performance and design of Aircraft APUs, things that mostly dealt with steady conditions in Aerodynamics and propulsion. I wanted to learn and understand the unsteady aspects of Turbomachines and this was the perfect course to do so.
Are there any insights or knowledge you acquired during your studies that have been extra useful for you in your career?
Yes! Aeromechanics is inevitable in the world of turbomachines and since we deal with innovative designs, the knowledge acquired during my THRUST programme helps me comprehend different aspects of my design and understand the trade-offs between the design parameters better.
What were the best aspects of your studies at KTH?
The best aspect of my studies at KTH was the group discussions with my friends/colleagues. I met a lot of new people from different countries across the globe with varied interests. I lived in one of the best student housing complexes and enjoyed every moment of my stay there.
What is your best memory from your time at the university?
There are a lot of good memories but the best one was being part of KTH Formula Student team that won the most energy efficient car award at FSUK in 2015.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to contribute to sustainable propulsion by working with Aerodynamics & Aero-acoustics of Turbomachines, while developing my Techno-managerial skills. In addition, I have started writing a blog about studying abroad and scholarships to share my experiences.
What would you want to say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?
I would strongly recommend this programme to any student interested in pursuing a career in Turbomachinery. In addition, I would ask them to focus on other things (like working for a student team/union, travel, etc.) to learn more about the Swedish culture and the language. A student shall look at this opportunity as a holistic learning experience in life.