ECE ILLINOIS alums are some of the most interesting people we know. To celebrate them, we’ve decided to ask them questions both serious and fun. Here, you’ll find their Ten Answers.

Ravi Thakkar (BS CompE) is a senior manager of product management at Motorola Mobility in Chicago. He has held a variety of roles at Motorola including sales, business operations, and development. Ravi is currently pursuing his MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is an active Illinois alumnus.

What was your favorite place to study?

Fourth floor of Grainger Library.

 How would your classmates remember you?

Student leader focused on innovation. I had the opportunity to launch Engineering Initiatives and Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors (ESAA) while on campus with some very talented individuals.

 What is one of your favorite quotes?

When I was a student at the University of Illinois, I attended a summer leadership retreat called LeaderShape. Their motto was “have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” This has stuck with me ever since.

 When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?


 What is your greatest achievement?

Knights of St. Patrick award from the College of Engineering for leadership, contribution, and character.

 Are you a morning or night person?

Definitely a night owl. I always used to stay up in college and that still hasn’t changed.

 Are you a collector of anything?

I collect post cards from every city I visit around the world and have a wall full of postcards in my office.

 Are you a mostly clean or messy person?

I’m an organized person – physically and digitally.

 Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

My brother, Vivek Thakkar. He has always inspired me. We both have computer engineering undergraduate degrees, work at

Motorola, and will soon both be Kellogg grads.

 If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A penguin. Penguins are always dressed up.

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