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Meet + Greet: Shweta Chopra, Assistant Professor

Meet the Russ College’s newest crop of faculty and staff members in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them.
 | Aug 26, 2019
Shweta Chopra

Meet + Greet: Shweta Chopra, Assistant Professor

Aug 26, 2019

From carefully learning the ropes of engineering as an undergraduate to earning a doctorate in industrial technology, Shweta Chopra paved her own way as a first-generation college student. Now Chopra has students of her own that she’ll mentor in the Russ College’s Department of Engineering Technology and Management.

Where are you from, and what brought you to Athens?

I was born and raised in central India in a town called Mahasamund. After that, I lived in Pune, India, for my undergraduate studies, and moved to the United States for further education.

Where did you prepare for your profession, and what was most memorable about your experience?

I got by bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pune University, my master’s in material science and engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and my Ph.D. in industrial technology from Purdue University. My most memorable experiences at each institution were my mentors and friends. I’ve learned that who we are and what we do gets defined a lot by whom we make friends with, and finding right mentors.

Was there a moment or time you knew you'd become an engineer? What will you teach?

Being a first-generation college student, I didn’t know what it meant to be an engineer, a doctor or other working professional. However, I knew education was the route to freedom, especially for a woman from a small town. I’ll be teaching product design, capstone courses, and a supply chain course.

What would you say is your professional superpower? Or, your greatest professional accomplishment?

My professional superpower is my ability to learn. I understand the world has plethora of information, and to be a good teacher is to be always willing to learn. My greatest professional accomplishment was to finish my bachelor’s degree. It was difficult not having a role model in my community to look up to. Once I was done with that, I knew the sky is the limit for me.

What’s the best local food you’ve had or local spot you've visited?

This is a hard one. I love food, and this town has a lot of good food places. If I have to pick one, I’ll choose Casa Nueva. They have awesome Mexican food, and I love that.

What are you looking forward to most during your time here at the Russ College?

To meet, work and learn from our wonderful students and colleagues.