Prachi Patil has worked for Schaeffler AG and Co for more than 3 years and currently holds a Project Manager position. She will be holding a session on 'The Industrial Internet of Things - Revolutionising Manufacturing and Heavy Industries' at European Women in Technology this November.
Tell us about yourself and how you got into your role at Schaeffler AG & Co?
A: I was born in India and I stayed there until my graduation in Mechanical Engineering. After that I moved to USA to pursue higher education and completed a master’s in Industrial Engineering and Masters of Business Administration. I first joined Schaeffler USA as an Industrial engineer. Consistent performance and flexibility to take more responsibility lead me to the position in the Global Operations team in Germany. I really enjoy working in automotive industry as a Project Manager. I was part of the team who won Best Supplier Award for Subaru of Indiana 2019 and Best Data Coordinator for Schaeffler USA. Strong networking and communication skills have been a great advantage when overcoming challenges.
What is a typical day at work like for you?
A: My regular morning starts with a coffee and going through emails, since our team supports different plants worldwide we have to use strong mails network due to time zones. After sorting them by priority and urgency, and discussing actions and responsibilities in a teams, we get into action. By end of the day we have review meeting about the status and where we need to pull other supporting technical teams.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
A: Root Cause Analysis with troubleshoot team is the fun part about my job. Also, working with multicultural team gives me a new vision each time.
What challenges have you faced in your role and how did you overcome them?
A: My job involves dealing with various teams. The main challenge is to understand the different perspectives and choose most optimized path for quicker solution. Also in a product launch, from product knowledge to the optimized supply chain you need to be involved with small details and direct team accordingly. Communication and dealing with real time data is the best way to understand the issue.
Why have you decided to get involved with European Women in Technology?
A: European Women in Technology is a larger platform which provides opportunity to reach out to likeminded people who are striving to make each day better though technology and education. Idea of knowledge sharing with best of the bests, excites me.
What will you be speaking about at the conference and why have you chosen this topic?
A: My topic for this year is 'The Industrial Internet of Things - Revolutionising Manufacturing and Heavy Industries'. AI and Machine learning are taking over the conventional manufacturing areas and Industrial Internet of Things is a way to connect technologies together. It is a basic to create smart machines, and it is need of a time to bridge the gap between old data collection methods and processing the data. IIOT is the new internet, which will be used from transportation, aviation, heavy ship business to semiconductors industry or microchip industries. And I would like to share how it is working today and will be developed in near future.
What potential advancements in technology in the next 10 years are you most excited about and how do you think it will impact peoples’ lives?
A: I am most excited about areas like AI, clean energy, and better food through science. Even though they are separate areas, they are interconnected to build industries with more sustainability and avoid wastage of resources. It will create more jobs which are technology driven and motivate people to think about permanent solutions than quick fixes and provide more safe and healthy lifestyle.
Do you notice a lack of women in technology? And if so, why do you think this is the case?
A: Yes, overall the number of women is less in technology. It is changing nowadays but the growth rate is slow. The main reason I think is motivation and supporting work environment which welcomes new ideas irrespective of gender. It will only change when everyone will have a mindset about growth of a mankind. Education plays a major role in growing a personality. So in developing and poor countries more women can be involved in tech jobs by providing basic education which will motivate automatically to spread awareness about new wave of technology revolution.
To find out more about Prachi and her session at this year's European Women in Technology conference, click here.