Rajinikanth had this famous dialogue in his blockbuster Annamalai – Naan solrathaiyum seiven, sollathathiyum seiven (I’ll do what I say, I’ll also do what I don’t say). 44-year-old Vijay Kandasamy is a Rajinikanth fan, and he lives by that line.
At Cyient, where he is a project manager, he not only does what he is expected to – create solutions for clients’ problems – but he also thinks of solutions for issues the clients had not even foreseen. So clients love him.
His childhood dream was to be an engineer and his favourite subjects were maths and science. He did BTech from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, an MTech from IIT Madras in mechanical engineering, and started his career with Cyient (then known as Infotech Enterprises) in 2007.
His work was in the area of gas turbine compressor aerodynamic technology. “Initially, I had to assist seniors, and in our first project with Pratt & Whitney, Canada, the client liked my work and sent a letter of appreciation,” he recollects.
I’m always eager to learn more – to see how I can do something more efficiently. I don’t like to sit idle
Vijay Kandasamy, Cyient
In his first year, Kandasamy was sent to a client site in Canada for training on gas turbine engine technology. It has been 13 years now with Cyient, and Kandasamy has filed 17 patent applications in the US, along with Cyient customer Pratt & Whitney, Canada (P&WC). Seven of these have been granted. His patents are mainly in the area of gas turbine compressor performance and operability/improvement.
Today, he manages the aerodynamics group at Cyient. “Cyient provided me freedom to explore. Even with my team, I do not like micromanaging. I like to share my knowledge. My wish is that in a couple of years, they will be so good that I will be learning from them,” he says.
Kandasamy says India has abundant talent in aerospace R&D. He thinks the country can do much better in the space if there was more collaboration between those in the private and public sectors.
His advice to youngsters is that they should avoid job hopping early in their career for the sake of extra money. “They should focus on learning, enhancing knowledge, gathering experience and becoming technologically sound,” he says.