Experience with multinational food manufacturer primes student for faster employment
Undertaking a placement with Mars Petcare in Wodonga, Victoria gave Maany Ramanan the chance to better realise her ambition to work in business development in a pharmaceutical or food production company.
As part of her Master of Biotechnology program, Maany worked with the Asia Pacific Applied Science Research and Development team on examining methods to enrich the nutritional value of a raw material identified by the company as a promising ingredient in their pet food products.
“The experience a Mars was very fruitful and sets me up to be a fast learner if I obtain a job in the industry in future,” said Maany.
“Most multi-nationals across the world work in a similar way, and my experience at Mars will help me to become a productive employee faster.”
Maany, originally from India, is passionate about bringing science innovations to the world and believes that the definition of a successful scientist is one who understands the commercialisation of innovation.
“The UQ Master of Biotechnology program came to my attention as one certified by the U.S. Council of Graduate Programs as a Professional Science Master’s”, said Maany, “where the coursework and research components develop the student both academically and in an industry-ready sense.”
“I was considering a number of overseas universities and attracted to UQ, but the cherry on the cake was when I was offered a scholarship by the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) to pay half my tuition fees,” she added.
“Right from my first semester I took courses that dealt with important industrial issues such as intellectual property management and commercialisation challenges.
“I was also part of industry body, AusBiotech, and able to meet industry leaders at AusBiotech events, which inspired me to apply to take an industry placement as part of my studies.”
Maany said that she enjoyed engaging in company activities, learning the jargon, and getting to understand the structure of a large, diverse operation.
The recipient of a Dean’s Commendation award for her academic prowess, Maany is an active, elected member of the SCMB Student Advisory Group and a Community Networker for Urbanest, a student accommodation provider, which involves promotional work and providing support to residents.
She has volunteered at two of AusBiotech’s national conferences and is an active member of the student chapter.
In talking about her time at UQ, Maany described it as diverse and exciting, with great support from the staff.
“UQ has exceeded my expectations in every aspect and is very supportive of international students,” she said
“UQ is the place to be.”