Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Atul Thorat

Dr. Atul Thorat graduated in 2014 from the Department of Chemistry.

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What was your favourite memory in UCC?

Graduation ceremony is one of the best memories in UCC. One of the other memory which I cherished a lot was organizing the first Diwali celebration in UCC in 2012.

How did your time at UCC help you to get to where you are now?

UCC provided many learning opportunities which helped me to achieve my PhD degree and also to become an expert in a subject I love. The facilities at the University are excellent and have allowed me to develop both theoretical and practical skills. In UCC, I developed and improved on many vital skills such as teamworking, communication and the value of these skills for my future career. UCC also provided great exposure to different industries to enhance my knowledge and gain high-level transferrable skills. Overall, UCC has helped me a lot to get to where I’m now.

What is your advice to current UCC students? What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

Studying in UCC will be one of your best experiences in life. In UCC, do not limit yourself to your course or limited friends. Enjoy your time in UCC, meet new people and explore the new environment in UCC.

There are number of people have positive influence on me at UCC, like lecturers, colleagues and my friends but the most influential one was my PhD supervisor. The way he mentored and had given me various opportunities to enhance my career was just amazing.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I’m glad that I was one of the founding members of UCC Indian Alumni Community. I also actively participated in organising Diwali and Holi events in UCC during my PhD.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I work as a Process Engineer in International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). Before IFF, I was working in Merck as a Process Engineer and as a Postdoctoral Researcher in UCC and AMBER, TCD.