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Falak Mandali

Hometown: India
Student Classification: Junior
Major: Design

Why did you choose Aeronautics and Astronautics?
I developed an interest for aircraft due to my regular flight travels as a kid, and wanted to learn more about these metal birds are made and work.

Best event or organization you’ve participated in within AAE?
ning from that organization. It was by getting involved here that I developed more designing and manufacturing skills.

Best event or organization you’ve participated in outside of AAE?
I used to be a member of the Purdue Student Union Board where I participated in event planning and management. I have helped organize large scale events like 'Carnival Night' and enjoy the process.

Why did you want to be an AAE Ambassador?
I am grateful to Purdue AAE for the amazing learning opportunities that I have received, and I want prospective students to learn about the beauty of our school and help them as they go through the process of selecting a university.

Favorite place on campus?
Discovery Park Sun Statue

Favorite class you’ve taken thus far and why?
My fav course is AAE 251 as I got to learn about all the different AAE specialization and learned to design an airplane. The course provided me with a glimpse of my career in aerospace.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a potential AAE student?
AAE can be challenging, so don't be afraid to seek help. Go to TA and Prof. office hours, complete the HW on time, and stay on top of your deadlines.

Who is someone you look up to in the Aero/Astro industry and why?
Sirisha Bandla is an inspiration to me as someone who completed their education from Purdue, went on to work on projects she like, and eventually her hard work got her to space. She teaches me that persistence and hard work leads to success.

What motivates you to succeed?
My motivation to succeed is getting the opportunity to learn new things. I learn something new everyday from my classes, workplace, colleagues, and friends.

What is your ultimate career goal?
My career goal is to work in the research and development team of aircraft companies. I intend on pursuing this by going to graduate school and pursuing a PhD.

What do you like to do when you’re not studying/in the lab or classroom?
I like working out and watching movies.