Master of his destiny
When Mohan Setty was looking to upgrade his academic qualifications, he had a million questions but in the end, needed just one answer: Deakin University.
“Eight years ago, I was working for one of the world’s leading automotive giants,” Mohan said.
“Straight after my undergrad course, I was working with some of the most experienced people in the business.”
Getting trained on engines exposed Mohan to the possibilities of overseas education, and got me further interested in the automotive sector.
“While I was looking to upgrade my academic qualifications, I had a million questions go through my brain, and I found my answer in Deakin,” he said.
Born and raised in Bangalore, it was in 2003 that Mohan secured a Mechanical Engineering degree from Visveswaraya Technological University.
He then worked as an Associate Engineer for Volvo India Pty Ltd until 2006.
“Once I decided to pursue higher education, I was very specific about the course structure and content I wanted,” Mohan said.
“Australia was my preference over the UK or USA simply because only a couple of universities in Australia taught the subjects I wanted to gain expertise in.
“Job opportunities in Australia also looked better once I had completed my studies.”
The next step was a meeting between Professor Peter Hodgson, director of Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, and Professor Bas Baskaran, Associate Dean (International) in the School of Engineering.
“When I met Professor Hodgson and Professor Baskaran, it became clear to me that Deakin University’s ‘automotive product development’ course perfectly matched my requirements,” Mohan said.
Without wasting any time, he headed to Australia and to Deakin University’s campus at Geelong.
“Even though I took my time to get used to the place and people, the quality of education, the facilities at the university and the teaching staff-support was great and well beyond my expectations,” Mohan said.
He had the opportunity to work at Ford’s proving grounds as part of my final year project.
In July 2008, he gained his Master’s degree from Deakin.
During his Masters, he also worked part-time as a Research Assistant for the light metals research group, on magnesium related projects.
“Today, I work at the Institute for Frontier Materials as a Research Engineer, conducting research related to Titanium, Strip cast steel and Magnesium alloys,” Mohan said.
“Also, I am in charge of the metallography and optical microscope providing technical assistance and advice to the users of the facility.
“All my close friends at Deakin have found jobs in their respective fields and are doing well.
"Over the past five years, I have gained a lot of knowledge and skill in the field of material science and mechanical testing.
“So far my experience at Deakin in Australia has been very pleasing - filled with success and excellence.”