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Shilpa Mahna Bhatnagar
Shilpa Mahna Bhatnagar

Shilpa Mahna Bhatnagar

Director Engineering

Hughes Systique India

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The Journey : Early Days to How I Got Here
I started my career in the year 1998 as a Research Engineer with a noted
and only government patronized R&D organization in the Telecom Area
known as C-DOT. In my initial years, I was lucky to have opportunities
to work with one of the best brains of India in the area of Fiber Access
Systems where I developed my skills in embedded programming and how the
telecom infrastructure is organized. After a 2 and a half year stint with
C-DOT I migrated to Hughes Software Systems in the year 2001 for better
career prospects, where I got a chance of working in the signaling Stack
Components. After this there was no looking back, HSS provided enormous
opportunity to me to shape up my career in the area of Data
Communications to Networking to Wireless Broadband.

I Joined HSC (Hughes Systique) to follow the footsteps of my core mentors Mr. Vinod
Sood and Mr. Anil Kumar Rajput in Year 2006 and has since then been leading
activities in the area of Broadband, embedded and Mobile terminal
software. I am now the Director Engineering and completely Heads the
Mobile Terminals Division at HSC. I lead one of the largest engineering
group at HSC and my teams have done some commendable work in the Area of
Mobile Terminals mainly Smartphone Area.
Decisions That Mattered
The most important career decision I made include the following
Consciously
Staying back in India when there was a lot of brain drain happening for
the hunger of dollar salaries during my initial years of career.

The
second was joining Hughes Systique in the year 2006. HSC gave a good
platform for me to grow and complete independence on how I could shape
myself up.
Work and Role: Then and now
I am managing the complete Business Unit in terms of metrics and
numbers. This includes keeping utilization in control making quality
deliveries happen with higher profit margins (mainly gross margin). I
also got a chance work to business development in my area of expertise
front ending multiple customers globally and enable HSC to get business
in those areas.
Two Years Down the Line
I see myself more in Execution Role as part of Leadership Team of a
Small to Medium Sized Company in next couple of Years from now.
What I Learnt Along the Way


  • Respect Your Mentors.

  • Relationships need to maintained, you never know whom you need when you move forward in life. So be cordial with everybody.

  • Lead by example and always be hands-on with the work happening under you.
Trends to Watch Out For
Evolution of Android as a global handset platform is a big
technological trend I have seen in my domain. It’s a big boost to my
career as it has enabled us to grow in business and in numbers both.
Areas for specialization
Android and Windows 8 are the 2 most emerging areas and I guess this is where the entrants should see a role for them.
Do We Need Certifications?
Certifications none. Patents Yes, I have done 2 patents and hence I recommend as they generate a lot of credibility for you and for your organization.
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