Anoop believes in the program so much that he shared the cause with his executive team, and without hesitation, Duck Creek Technologies donated $10,000 to the AIM program.
“I told my employer that I’m creating a scholarship and it’s going to a good cause,” Anoop said. “It’s going to a program that’s going to establish a foundation for students’ education; and my CEO, it took him seconds to say, ‘What can I do to help?’”
His company involvement doesn’t end there. Anoop partnered with leaders across his organization to launch Duck Creek’s first Co-op program, taking on two Co-op students who started this summer.
“To me, this is the beginning,” he said. “... There is so much opportunity, and I think it’s an injustice that we haven’t brought in Co-op students much sooner because you’re getting a fresh set of ideas and talent to execute those ideas.”
Through Kettering, Anoop gained valuable professional experience that jump-started his career, but he highlights the accessibility and willingness of faculty and alumni to connect and help secure many of the opportunities he received as keys to success.
“As an engineer, you have an analytical mind trained to be naturally curious. It’s just not enough to say here’s a problem and a here’s solution; you want to understand the interworkings of that solution. That is a fundamental mental model for any engineer,” Anoop said. “Also, it’s the ability to be able to accelerate your professional experience through the Co-op program and quickly develop a level of professional maturity that sets you up for long-term success.”
For Akhil, he draws on the foundation he built at Kettering every day.
“The mindset that you develop at Kettering through academics and the Co-op program is extremely unique,” he said, “and it’s hard to say where I would be today without them.”
Akhil and Anoop are thrilled to be able to support Kettering, specifically the AIM program, and hope they will continue to create opportunities for students.
For more information on supporting Kettering University, contact University Advancement at (810) 762-9863.