28 January 2022 07:50:32 IST

A management and technology professional with 17 years of experience at Big-4 business consulting firms, and seven years of experience in high-technology manufacturing, Rajkamal Rao is a results-driven strategy expert. A US citizen with OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) privileges that allow him to live and work in India, he divides his time between the two countries. Rao heads Rao Advisors, a firm that counsels students aspiring to study in the United States on ways to maximise their return on investment. He lives with his wife and son in Texas. Rao has been a columnist for from the year the website was launched, in 2015, and writes regularly for BusinessLine as well. Twitter: @rajkamalrao

Choosing an MS in manufacturing engineering in the US

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I am interested in automation in manufacturing, what are the master’s courses in the US which could help me mould for such a career? -  N Arun  The field first gained prominence when the Japanese revolutionised production through automation in the late 1970s. Manufacturing automation continues to grow. Look for public universities in the US in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, for the biggest return on investment. Graduate school is as much about in-class learning as the opportunity to intern with companies and network with customers who use this technology. While a QES ranking might place a rural university high in this field, think about what networking opportunities you may have before you commit to an MS programme.