Phongkiet Sisaikeo '15

Phongkiet Sisaikeo


Vientiane, Laos

Physics Major, Mathematics Minor

Phongkiet interned with Mahindra & Mahindra, an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai.

Describe your day-to-day experiences.

I was stationed at the dispatch unit to identify different types of engines and prepare them to be transmitted to the vehicle assembly line, where the vehicles are assembled as strictly noted in a schedule. When the dispatch ended, I assisted my supervisor with making daily reports on substandard parts and engines, cooperated between an engine assembly line and the engine production unit head office, and occasionally attended meetings where they planned their schedule (i.e., an amount of vehicles aiming to be produced) for the following day as per the just in time (JIT) manufacturing process.

What inspired you to pursue this internship?

I was looking for an internship that would allow me to gain hands-on experiences and real insight into an engineering field. Being in a 3-2 engineering program allows me to explore other subject areas as part of Knox's foundation requirements, which is mainly why I chose to come to Knox. I have taken a lot of physics and mathematics classes, and I have been eager to apply what I have learned. I got to do that during this internship.

Phongkiet Sisaikeo '15 with Mahindra engineers

Can you give an example of how your classroom experiences at Knox benefited you in the internship?

I have taken Physics 120 (Heats, Waves, and Lights), where I was introduced to a basic knowledge of thermodynamics. During this course, we briefly explored how the engine works and the different types of fuel cycles. Though there were many things I had to learn during my first week of training, this class definitely helped me understand terminology and concepts. I also took Introduction to Research, which helped me in writing reports. Finally, most of the courses offered at Knox are discussion-based, and the public speaking skills that I have developed undoubtedly helped me because I communicated with many people at work.

How do you think this experience will benefit you in terms of your professional development?

Having worked in a professional environment will not only make me more familiar with the subject, but also enable me to perform better in the classroom. I worked with a lot of intelligent automobile engineers and technicians, and they taught me things that cannot be found in a regular textbook. In addition, Mahindra is a reputable organization in India. They recruit the best, brightest, and most professional engineers in the nation every year. Being a part of it — even for a short period of time — greatly enhanced my work ethic.