In the hot seat this week is our longest standing Pre-Sales Engineer, Jatin Patel, who’s been with D-Link for over 3 years. When he’s not out on a customer site or training partners, we find him hiding in his man cave – the testing lab! Find out more about the martial arts Silver medalist below.
Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?
My role consists of wearing many hats and I get to experience the buzz of a company that shows every day is a challenge and never the same. As an Engineer a large part of my role involves working with our partners and end customers to understand their networking, wireless and surveillance needs in order to deliver custom solutions that solves these needs.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?
One of my key hobbies is in marital arts, I have participated in Judo, TaeKwonDo and Karate (Wado-Ryu and Shotokan). After being out of the sport for approximately 15 years I joined Go-Kan-Ryu Karate about a year and half ago. Within this time I have won two silver medals and one bronze medal and passed four grading’s. Definitely shows this old man has a few tricks up his sleeve still.
If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?
Running around a 2 year old and 6 year old who are constantly sometimes leads to messy results. Based on this I would say a Picnic bar. Have you ever seen how many ingredients in this chocolate it’s a mess, containing nuts, raisins, chewy nougat, chewy caramel covered in peanuts, biscuit, puffed rice and covered in milk chocolate. That’s a lot.
If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
Part of any parent’s brain or in human nature general is to recognise danger and prepare our body to react to it. This is called amygdala. In a Childs moment, they see this is fun, and doesn’t alert them, in essence false alarms. Would be great to have a device that can freeze a Childs action or moment before they are involved in an accident.
What would be the soundtrack to your life?
Both my mother and grandmother had a passion for Indian classical music, then there’s my dad who has a passion for Motown Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Blues. Lucky for me I inherited their passion where I grew up playing three musical instruments and wrote music. So my soundtrack is a mixed between the classics from Indian cinema and the likes of Stevie Wonder and James Brown.
If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?
Honestly in the office, as I enjoy my role, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. If you enjoy your role, have passion for the position and interest why would you change what you do.
Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?
I have been lucky enough to have travelled to many places, however I would like to hike around South America, just for the famous sites such as Machu Picchu, Iguaza Falls and of course the famous Copacabana Beach and experience Brazilian football.
Do you have any hobbies?
Apart from karate, I also enjoy running regularly, about 2 to 3 times a week during my lunch breaks, having the fresh air, disengaging from the tech world for an hour and applying that energy into pushing boundaries gives an element of satisfaction.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Well kind what I tell my both my children, work harder, study first play later. Education is key to any success. Everyday you learn something new and you should always learn from any mistakes,
Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem
As a person with a speech impediment, the fact of life is be yourself, use your body language to express yourself and for others to react.