Akshay Punwatkar
First Name: Akshay
Last Name: Punwatkar
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: India
Education: Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology


MIDS is one of the most comprehensive courses out there which incorporates the required technical skills, and at the same time provides great flexibility in the curriculum with its wide range of electives from all domains, all along with a primary focus on teamwork. In addition to the curriculum, the year-long Capstone provides a great opportunity to utilize and enhance our skills as a Data Scientist.

What excites you about data science?

Data Science is one of the few fields that play a pivot role across all sectors, industries, and domains.  Data is highly valued in today's time, and it’s data science that assists in establishing relationships and complex patterns among that data to improve processes and provide better results, which excites me the most.

What research area are you most interested in?

My interest primarily revolves around deep learning and its application in Climatology and Finance sector. But at the same time, I'm looking forward to exploring new domains such as healthcare and social networks.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Most of my free time involves feeding my curiosity via blogs, articles, and YouTube about any topic I find interesting. I'm also into DIY electronics and enjoy doing small projects, sometimes using scrapes from used electronics devices and sometimes in combination with crafts. And of course, Netflix! 

What is one interesting fact about you?

I almost finalized my plan for Master’s in Material Science (which was my undergrad domain) just before I got a job as a Data Engineer and I took it as an opportunity to change my field entirely. And here I'm after three years, pursuing a Master’s in Data Science.