Crossing Academic Boundaries - Inspire Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Crossing Academic Boundaries

Crossing Academic BoundariesRakesh Ramde (TPR’96) earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon and works in Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry. Yet it’s an aspiring Carnegie Mellon drama student he and his wife chose to support through their Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship.

The reason is simple: their daughters.

Rakesh and Jabina have three daughters, ages 10, 9 and 3. Their oldest two are already showing a great appreciation for the arts.

Rakesh hopes by supporting School of Drama student Jonathan Jorgenson (A’13) with the scholarship, he’s also demonstrating to his daughters that he supports their passion for theater and music.

It’s a passion Carnegie Mellon also helped foster in Rakesh.

“I came to Carnegie Mellon as an engineer looking for a good business degree,” Rakesh explained. “But I left with more appreciation for the arts and specifically where art and technology intersect.”

The university’s interdisciplinary nature is one of Rakesh’s favorite things about his alma mater.

“Carnegie Mellon is so disciplined in focusing on both science and arts, and always being at the cutting edge of those areas,” Rakesh said.

The unique culture at Carnegie Mellon allows students and faculty to work beyond a single discipline.

Whether they’re taking a class, participating in a project, or pursuing a degree that spans multiple fields, many students explore the tech-arts spectrum.

Rakesh, who’s a partner at Innovation Management Sciences in Mountain View, Calif., sees real-world value in combining traditional academic disciplines.

“When there’s a story in Carnegie Mellon Today magazine about a student studying music and technology, for example, I always highlight that for my daughters,” Rakesh said. “It’s good to exercise both parts of your brain.”

Rakesh encourages his daughters to pursue their interests, and he urges every Carnegie Mellon student to do the same.

He also emphasizes the importance of being disciplined, cautioning that great innovations don’t happen overnight.

“At IM Sciences, we invest in innovation,” Rakesh explains. “The time from when you see an opportunity until there’s an application for it in the real world may be years. It takes passion, patience and focus. You have to be committed to that path for the long term.”

Related Link: Legacy Scholarship Fund