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Navarajah Subramaniam, BEng '14

Mechanical Engineering | Dreams Taking Flight

A life-long fascination with airplanes and rockets and the opportunity to specialize in thermofluids and energy systems attracted Navarajah Subramaniam to McMaster, where he earned his mechanical engineering degree in 2014.

Today, that specialization serves him well in his career with General Electric Power in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“My first position was in the office as a product engineer, working on the design of the auxiliary system to support the gas turbine operation, including selecting the correct pumps and measurement devices for the system,” he says.

When the opportunity arose to move to an on-site project, Subramaniam took on the job of GE field completion engineer at Ichthys LNG Darwin. That project involves building a combined cycle power plant (CCPP) for a gas processing facility.

“I was promoted to site lead within a year of working on the project, and that was a big responsibility as I needed to manage colleagues from different nationalities and some with much higher seniority,” says Subramaniam.

“However, my experience interacting with professors and fellow classmates at Mac taught me how to engage in open and constructive discussions.”

While enjoying his work at GE, Subramaniam says his university experience instilled a deep interest in conducting research in aerodynamics, and he hopes to soon pursue that interest.

He urges students to get involved in activities outside of the classroom, and take advantage of opportunities to interact with professors.

“Those conversations outside the classroom will pay off for you in long run,” he says.