Kaushik Ghosh, a Senior Consultant, Artificial Intelligence at Deloitte Australia, recently returned to The Australian National University (ANU) campus to discuss his study experience and offer advice to current and prospective students.
“You get to be proud that you are an ANU alumni for the rest of your life,” said Ghosh.
In 2014, Ghosh was attending the Manipal Academy of Higher Education’s International Center For Applied Sciences (ICAS). Manipal is an ANU partnering university in India.
At an education forum, Ghosh met an ANU representative and was attracted by the university’s top ranking as well as engineering infrastructure and research facilities. Ghosh decided to transfer to ANU from as a “2+2” student in order to expand his horizons and maximise his education.
He said he chose ANU because of its “unique systems engineering approach” and “the respected and very experienced professors that teach you the modules and the curriculums and prepare you for the future”.
During his undergraduate years, Ghosh was a recipient of the prestigious ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship and served as a Student Ambassador, travelling to multiple locations in Australia and abroad to represent ANU and share his experiences with prospective students.
He earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a Mechatronics specialisation in 2019.
“I found the experience quite challenging, yet fun,” he said. “The systems engineering approach developed my problem-solving and analytical skills and made me ready for the industry.”
Now an established professional with an office just a few kilometres from the lakeside campus he once called home, Ghosh feels fortunate to be working in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning space, which he described as “fascinating”. His time in the industry has helped him to better appreciate the curriculum he studied at ANU.
“The courses, group projects, and the research he did at ANU were expertly enmeshed with one of the most rapidly-evolving and influential sectors in technology,” he said. “That isn’t easy to do.”
Ghosh firmly believes that innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision can and will do amazing and unimaginable things to improve the human condition.
Part of his job at Deloitte, he said, it to “convince the customers and the people at the operations level that the changes that come with AI are good for them and good for the future of the globe”, he said.
His advice to students considering engineering at ANU is to “listen to your heart, focus on the things that you are enjoying the most”.
“The best thing that I learned from my experience at ANU was how to approach any problem with an open mind and find a solution for it,” he said.