SHIVARAM K. VISWANATHAN’s passion for automobile technologies took him to Michigan, where a world of snow, games and fun welcomed him
Michigan is home to places such as Detroit and Dearborn, where the headquarters of automotive giants Ford, GM and Chrysler are located. Michigan Technological University, popularly known as Michigan Tech, is a public university offering courses in automobile technology.
My passion for electric vehicles and modern automotive technologies brought me here. The university offers hands-on courses in advanced automotive technology, including electric vehicle systems and plug-in hybrids. It is one of the few universities which have dedicated labs and courses in hybrid vehicle technologies. The best part is that you get to drive many high-end cars in and around the campus as part of your lab courses and test their parameters. Participating in hands-on SAE student competitions gives you an opportunity to interact with and learn from the brightest minds.
Michigan Tech is termed the snowiest college in the U.S. The Michigan Upper Peninsula is known for its harsh winter, which goes on for about six months non-stop, but students at Michigan Tech, aptly termed huskies, celebrate it. It’s about relishing the snow and being a “Husky”! Hailing from south India, the winter here seems amazing! I was worried about my health, but the winter never caused me any serious illness. The Winter Fiesta brings people together. I also enjoyed skiing a lot. Also, there are broomball games, ice hockey tournaments and snow mobile races. Students make snow statues and snowballs.
The small town of Houghton County provides a friendly atmosphere to the international crowd gathered here from around 70 countries. Every year, Michigan Tech celebrates the ‘Parade of Nations’ festival, where people from different countries proceed in their traditional costumes in and around the city.
Education is highly student-oriented and one has to be enthusiastic to learn about anything and everything. Studying abroad also encourages self-realisation and teaches you time management and pushes your achievable limits to the maximum.