44: Morphing from Mechanical Engineering to Statistical Analysis – Akbar Agha

Akbar Agha earned an Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a Statistical Analyst at Grainger.

Akbar enjoys amateur car road racing, doing do it yourself projects with Arduinos and enjoys Salsa dancing. He has changed careers three times since he graduated in 2014 but his mechanical engineering degree has empowered him to pretty much do anything he wanted. For statistical analysis you need to know how to apply math and he had to do some self education beyond the mechanical engineering degree to be qualified. If he had to go back to college knowing what he knows now he would have leaned towards electrical or computer science.

He recommends getting some programming experience in high school and in college figure out how to work well with people.

Best advice is that everyone’s advice is biased to their own situation, there is no right answer, listen to what they have to say and pick it apart and apply it to your situation and a personal habit for success is exercise and a healthy diet.

H Recommends Evernote for note taking and the book he recommends is “Dreams of My Father” by former President Barack Obama.

Parting guidance is don’t define your goals by what others around you expect of you define them as what makes the most sense to you.

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