Outline of Parveen Goel’s Classification Talk at Surrey Rotary Club, Nov. 15th 2018
Parveen is our newest member so we would like to introduce you to him in his own words.
Family back ground
Wife is also an Engineer, currently running a business in Surrey, Kumon franchise near Surrey city center mall on King George St. Two kids; son in 10th grade and daughter in 8th. Also taking care of parents who live with us.
Why you chose your particular business or profession:
Engineering was a natural choice for me due to my interest in math and physics.
Career Progression and the path:
Started my career in academics as an Asst. Professor in India decided to pursue Ph.D. in the USA at WSU, Detroit. This being an Auto capital of the world provided me with an opportunity to work at Ford. This was my first job in North America, later I moved to a different automotive company, TRW/ZF an auto parts and systems supplier. After 14 years in Automotive and working in the USA I decided to move to Canada Post Corp. as Director of Engineering and Programs.
Career Highlights and Challenges:
Technical problem resolutions, such as noise issues in Automotive, Reliability and quality problems with automotive components. Managing large transformative projects such as the opening of a new processing plant and revitalization of a mail and parcel distribution network for the entire province of BC. Some of the challenges I faced were around communication, stakeholder management, and dealing with the impact of downsizing and cost saving on employees.
Forecast employment opportunities in Engineering:
Nature of employment will change, lots of fields are merging together. For example, Engineering is blending with the health sciences. Artificial Intelligence and Data analytics will dominate however need for primary engineering field will always remain there.
The advice you would give persons entering your career field:
Focus on developing soft skills as early as you can. Keep pace with changing technology and advancements in areas such as AI.
How your profession is being impacted by technology, & government regulations:
Some of the changes in both auto and supply chain are driven by environmental consideration such as electric and hybrid cars. Some are motivated by technological advances that include autonomous vehicles, AI-based predictive forecasting for demand, big data analytics.
Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test helps you deal with them.
Impact of productivity initiatives, and automation
Passion for Education and a potential project:
I am very passionate about education and would like to develop a project to provide STEM education to inner city children in Surrey and potentially beyond with the help of technology.