Welcome, I'm Saatwick Chandra

Hey, nice to have you here!
I live in Silicon Valley, USA where I am pursuing MS in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University. I have 4 years of experience in building, managing, and delivering customer-focused products in the cloud and DevOps space. Before joining CMU, I worked as a product owner and a technical project manager.
Currently, I am on working in the capacity of a product manager on a vocational EdTech platform and an AI-based depression detection solution.
I am looking for product or technical program manager summer internship opportunities. I will be graduating in Dec'23. Please do let me know if you have a known opportunity or if you can connect to someone who is hiring.

    Know me in less than 10 points:

  • Pursuing MS in Software Management (a product management coursework) from Carnegie Mellon University ; graduating in December 2023.
  • Team lead at Google Developer Student Clubs, Silicon Valley [GDSC, CMU-SV].
  • Passionate about managing technical products, programs, people and processes. I cannot stop talking about "influencing without authority"
  • A techno-managerial product enthusiast with a passion for technological innovation and execution.
  • Currently, looking for product manager or technical program manager summer internship opportunities.
  • My hobbies include reading articles/blogs on product management, product strategy, leadership and futuristic technologies.
  • My technical blogs on Medium have accumulated 1600+ views and more than 55% read ratio.
  • Won TechEx-2020 and received high laurels from company executives for my out-of-the-box pitching skills.
  • Winner of the national logo designing competition for the Delhi Drainage Master Plan-2031.


Professional Experience

I have 4 years of experience in technical project management, product ownership and product development.

  • As the product owner for Acquia's DevOps team (a 16-member, globally distributed team) I helped them with product prioritization,product backlog management, stakeholder management, and led & revamped their agile ceremonies to increase productivity.
  • As the technical project manager, I majorly worked on enhancements and adoption of Acquia's CI/CD pipeline, launched of a new kubernetes ingress controller, and also spearheaded development of Acquia's GitHub administration tool.
  • As a software engineer, I have built and shipped a SaaS product on AWS marketplace and built Acquia's next-gen cloud platform. I also served as a scrum master to the team while being the software engineer.

    • Acquia, India

      Associate Technical Project Manager (TPM) and Product Owner Sep 2021 – Aug 2022

      Associate Software Engineer and Scrum Master Aug 2020 – Sep 2021

    • GS Lab, India

      Software Engineer (Full-time and Intern) Sep 2018 – Aug 2020

    • CSM Technologies, India

      Engineer Intern June 2018 - July 2018

    Volunteering Experience

  • Team Lead @ Google Developer Student Clubs, CMU-SV Sep 2022 – Present

    GDSC is a program supported by Google Developers, where students from all graduate programs with an interest in Google developer technologies
    are welcomed. Students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their community.
    • Currently, I lead a newly formed 19-member club event to organize events in sync with Google employees, other GDG clubs and administration.

  • Lead Product Manager@ Pikk April 2021 – Oct 2021

    An AI-based utilities pickup solution for hyperlocal markets.
    • Drove product strategy and business workflows through product validation, market and competitor analysis
    • Prioritized features for MVP and future releases and formulated the product roadmap and milestones

  • Team Lead and Manager @ AIESEC in Bhubaneswar July 2016 – July 2018

    • Delivered 11 projects end-to-end by collaborating with 8 international AIESEC bodies, generating revenue worth $33,000
    • Built and led a 6 member team in a new market segment, generating revenue of $1800 (600% over target)

  • Business Growth Executive @ Yoken Online Jan 2018 – Mar 2018

    Consumed several aspects of entrepreneurship such as client management, business development and strategy

  • Education

    Formal Education

      Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley May 2022 - Dec 2023

      Master of Science in Software Management (equivalent to a product management focused MBA track) GPA: 3.93/4.0

      Relevant Courses: Product Definition and Validation, Product Management, Program and Process Management, Product Strategy, Agile Marketing, Architecture & Programming Principles, Human Computer Interaction

      KIIT University, India June 2015 - Nov 2019

      Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology GPA: 3.7/4.0

    Online accreditation and certifications

  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®)
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Google Agile Project Management - Coursera
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® - LinkedIn
  • Azure Architecture Technologies - Udemy
  • Acquia R&D Agile and JIRA training
  • Red Hat Linux System Administration Essentials - Pluralsight
  • Kubernetes Configuration Fundamentals - Pluralsight
  • Portfolio

    Projects with product management and development work

      Kaushal: a vocational Ed-tech platform

      Relevant work: Developed idea hypothesis and validated it through ethnographic user research. Created user requirements and product vision document after extensive market and competitor analysis. Also designed the UI mockups and the system architecture, build a product roadmap, and prioritized user stories for MVP.

      Back story: I had observed the problem of unemployment and unskilled labour in India. I wanted to build a web-based platform on which people will upskill themselves in basic skills required to do odd jobs like plumbing, being an electrician etc. At CMU, I got to work on this idea from proper problem definition to customer discover to architecture design (and everything in between).

      ML -based depression detection solution

      Relevant work: Led a team of 4 to conduct technical paper reviews. Conducted user research to create user personas and solution modeling. Later prioritized functional user stories, drafted Minimum Viable Product (MVP) while also documenting the user guide, managing sprints and delivering product milestones.

      Back story: My team and I are working on develop an intelligent solution that will detect potential depression (short-term) and notify the person. This started as an academic project at CMU. I got to work in the capacity of a Product Manager and the team brainstormed on this idea from technical research to problem statement definition to customer discovery to architecture and UI design (and everything in between).

      Covid-19 vaccine notifier

      It notifies you when a vaccine slot is available in your locality. It opens a tab in your browser, and directs you to the covid-19 government of India's registration portal, as soon as a vaccine is available, for your age in your district.

      Back story: This was created after identifying the problem of covid-19 vaccination slots booking. Slots would open up at any point of time in the day and get booked within 10-12 seconds. So this notification system was created.

      Covid-19 vaccine locator

      It helps you in filtering out all the health care centres with availability of covid-19 vaccines in India. It resolves few of the issues present with official government website as it launched, such as filtering only those centres that had vaccines available for the user's age group.

      Back story: This was created after observing that in a given district there would be 25+ health care centres with vaccine. But not all would have vaccines and even if available, vaccines won't be available for all age groups. Finding the correct slot was a pain and this application was to tackle that pain point of public.

    Projects with backend development work

      Movie recommendation engine (like Netflix/Prime)

      It is a system that recommends movies to a person based on the ratings of several movies by other people of similar age. It will recommend movie even if there is not an exact age match. Also, it skips all those movies that were rated 2 or below, even if it's listed against a particular age.

      Back story: This was a college assignment at Carnegie Mellon University.

      Language translator and detector

      It is a language translator which covers 106 global languages including 11 Indian local languages. It can not only translate languages but also can detect a given language.

      Back story: This was a side project; an experimentation/play around with Google Cloud Translation API.

      PDF Converter

      A pdf converter which converts any of the 'word' document to pdf. It can successfully convert any of the given formats: doc, docx, odt, dotx, rtf, txt to pdf.

      Back story: This was just a side project.

      Rail Journey Manager

      It is an application that helps you track your ticket status (pending/confirm) from the PNR, the itinerary of your train and the current train status.

      Back story: This was just another side project.

      Tic-Tac-Toe game

      A basic version of the tic-tac-toe game. Enjoy!

      Back story: This was a learning python project.

      Black Jack game

      A basic version of the black jack game. Enjoy!

      Back story: This was also a learning python project.

    Projects with design or prototype only

      EP Tracker

      An application that would help AIESEC members track the status (phase) of their EPs, pending items to complete before the exchange happens and a record of each of the lead.

      Back story: This was designed after identifying the hurdles faced by fellow AIESEC members, while EP management face.

      Game of Elements

      A gaming application that would help students memorise the periodic table of chemistry. Player would only move ahead if s/he inputs the next element correctly. The game had two levels. Beginners level would get a hint the next element while at advance level, there would not be any hints.

      Back story: This was designed during a two hours' competition by Mozilla, Bhubaneswar. The idea came from the periodic table memorization challenges faced during school days.


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