Rajesh loves putting things together and seeing what happens, whether mixing metals and acids or people and computers. While the former is his true passion, Rajesh has built a successful career doing the latter at Freddie Mac.
A Ph.D. in chemical engineering with three patents, Rajesh came to Freddie Mac in 2012 for love. He had been working as a research scientist at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, as well as running his own nanocoating research company, when his wife accepted a job offer in the Washington, D.C., area. Chemical engineering positions for Ph.D.s were hard to come by, so Rajesh pursued jobs in Information Technology (IT) after they moved.
"I love computers," Rajesh says. "I knew a lot of computer engineers in school. Most of them were software engineers and I often fixed their hardware problems. I also built and managed the computers at my company."
Rajesh started out as a contract worker on Freddie Mac IT’s installation and moves team, setting up employees with desktop equipment. Just a couple of months into the job, Rajesh was hired as a full-time employee.
Rajesh most recently oversaw the implementation of a project using new print technology and devices to lower printing costs, reduce paper waste, and reduce the risk of sharing protected information.
"When I started managing print services in 2013, we had about 1,200 printers and were printing 32 million pages a year," said Rajesh. "Since then, we've reduced our printing by more than 50 percent."
This February, Rajesh was promoted to manager of Installation and Moves. If employees request a monitor, docking station, mouse, headset, laptop — anything that's connected to their computer, Rajesh's teams take care of it. They also support PC onboarding for new employees and all space moves.
Rajesh said that Freddie Mac's space modernization effort has kept his team busy. As the company's McLean, Virginia headquarters move to an open and collaborative floorplan, Rajesh is the one making sure all the new workspaces are set up and ready to go.
Since making the switch to IT, Rajesh hasn't looked back to his old profession.
"There are so many opportunities in the IT field," Rajesh says. "I still enjoy chemistry and keep up with it as I can, but IT is my career now. I'm happy with what I'm doing. I'm fulfilled."