Employee Spotlight: Vignesh Ramakrishnan
At Wiley Education Services, we talk a lot about our people. Institutional partners frequently cite the expertise and collaborative nature of our people as a key benefit to working with us. So what does a Wiley employee look like and how do they contribute to the workplace culture? In this Employee Spotlight series, we sit down with Wiley colleagues across our four offices to learn more about who they are and what they do – both in and outside of the workplace.
Expecto patronum! Vignesh all dressed up for the in-office Harry Potter birthday party.
Get to know Vignesh Ramakrishnan, Technical Architect on the Student Relationship Platform (SRP) Team.
Known around the Chicago office for his killer karaoke rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out?”, delicious dosas, and jovial personality, meet Vignesh Ramakrishnan, Technical Architect on the Wiley Student Relationship Platform (SRP) Team.
Vignesh began at Wiley just over two years ago as a Data Integration Developer on the SRP Team. Without getting into a bunch of technical jargon, Vignesh’s role as a Data Integration Developer was to figure out a way to get two systems to “talk” to each other, even if those two systems didn’t run on the same logic – SRP and a university partner’s SIS (Student Information System), for example. Vignesh is a true Salesforce master who passed his first Salesforce certificate examination with flying colors and is currently preparing for his second.
Vignesh came to Wiley with a wealth of work experience, primarily in IT roles for large organizations like Staples, Target, Shell, and Walgreens. If you’ve ever sent photos to be printed at Walgreens using their app, you can thank Vignesh – he developed the app! Vignesh has a strong educational background, having completed his Bachelor’s degree in India and an accelerated Masters in Management Systems from University of Illinois at Chicago.
As technologically savvy as he is, you may be surprised to learn that Vignesh did not plan to have a career in IT or computer science. To the contrary, Vignesh started down the path of becoming a neurosurgeon. He dabbled in electronics courses after his plans to attend medical school fell through, but didn’t really explore the field until after his father was robbed while riding the train to pay the college fees. To help his family recuperate the lost money, Vignesh took a job in electrical engineering working on elevator and car window motors, which ultimately led him to a career in IT/computer science and eventually Wiley.
Vignesh resides in Prospect Heights, IL with his wife and their two sons. Vignesh is a doting father who places emphasis on spending time with his family and exposing them to new places and experiences.
When he’s not spending time with his family, Vignesh enjoys attending lectures orchestrated through the Chicago Tamil Society. He also has a passion for the art of karaoke, which was ignited in him after the 2015 Wiley Chicago Office Holiday Party. He is now a frequent karaoke performer and participates regularly in performances of classical Indian tunes with his good pal and fellow Wiley employee, Venkat Santhanam.
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