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Lokhandwala receives Bilsland Fellowship, passes prelim

Lokhandwala receives Bilsland Fellowship, passes prelim

Photo of Mustafa Lokhandwala
Mustafa Lokhandwala
Photo of Mustafa Lokhandwala at Disney World
Lokhandwala interned at Disney World during the summer of 2017
uSMART Lab member Mustafa Lokhandwala has received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year, and passed his preliminary exam.

Lokhandwala is a third-year PhD student in Purdue IE, and recently passed his preliminary exam to become a PhD Candidate. From Pune, India, he earned a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering - Pune, began an MSIE at Purdue in 2015, then switched to the direct PhD program in the Spring of 2017. 

He is a member of Dr. Hua Cai's Urban Sustainability Modeling & Analysis Research Team (uSMART), working on analyzing sustainable systems that involve the use of large-scale simulations and statistical modeling. His research uses simulation and data analysis to study the sustainability of ride sharing systems.

About the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, he said: "This scholarship will help me focus on research and writing my dissertation during the final year of my PhD degree."

He spent the summer of 2017 interning at Disney World. "My team was an internal consultant to all other departments for the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts," he explained. "I built simulation models and optimization models for various departments to streamline their processes."

Besides applying IE principles to the internship, he learned other valuable lessons at Disney. "I learned a lot about American work culture from the internship," he said. "As an international student it was difficult to secure my first internship. Sometimes the simplest things work. Make a solid resume, don`t give up, and be your best during the interview."

During the summer of 2018, Lokhandwala will intern at Apple.

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship provides support to outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion. Bilsland Fellows are expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of all doctoral degree requirements to receive the doctoral degree at the conclusion of the fellowship tenure. It is administered by the Purdue Graduate School, upon recommendation of the student's school/department.