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Cultural diversity brings student to Krannert

Sutapa Paul

Sutapa Paul
MBA ’13

While working for Babson Capital Management designing software solutions for businesses, Sutapa Paul says, “I always had my eye set on an MBA, I was just waiting for the right time.”

As she contemplated grad school, Sutapa worked in very diverse teams, with colleagues from Korea and Taiwan in addition to the United States. “I decided to research more and more about Purdue. It focuses a lot on cultural diversity. I admired that about Krannert.”

Sutapa knew through her research that Cognizant regularly recruited talent from Krannert. “That was one of the reasons I came here. I sat for their campus interview. Before I came to Krannert I was working with them on a consulting basis. It’s one of the premier management consulting firms.”

Based out of Chicago, Sutapa will be a senior consultant with Cognizant. “I will be working with the Process and Quality Control Division. I’ll be consulting with companies about how to make processes more lean and efficient, while improving quality.”

Sutapa is confident her Krannert MBA has prepared her to succeed in this new role. “The Courses have actually helped me to be better in my job. People often ask, ‘Are you nervous?’ And I say, ‘Not at all,’ I feel I am so well trained. The school has prepared me so well. I really have seen myself grow professionally and personally.”

Sutapa landed a summer I internship with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) after completing the first year of her MBA. After the internship, she was able to bring her manager at CTCA to Krannert as a guest lecturer. “I’m glad I could build this connection between Krannert and a new company,” Sutapa says.

 “During my first year I took a course under Professor Matthew Lynall. We studied a case that used regression. Immediately after that, I worked at CTCA. The idea of how to come up with the recommendation at work, during my internship experience, I attribute to his class. My manager was so impressed with me and with quality of students from Krannert, that is why she decided to come here as a guest lecturer.”

Originally from India, Sutapa’s parents have been living in Egypt for the last 10 years. Cultural diversity is an important part of her life, and she has been able to expand that at Purdue. “I now know people from so many different countries. My circle of friends has quadrupled. They are good, long-lasting relationships. I am a Boilermaker. There is a feeling of belonging.”