Anupa Anna Thomas – Print process researcher
What is your job or role?
I joined for the position of Domain Architect for physics. Right now, I’m getting to know about all the different parts of the of the organization to gain insights for the complex role of an architect. So I started my journey as a print process researcher as I work toward the role of Domain Architect.
What do you like about your job?
I really like that it isn’t routine. I do experiments as well as simulations, or brainstorm with colleagues, trying to find sense between the experiment and the theory. I think one of the coolest things about working in process research is that it’s multidisciplinary. I don’t just speak with other physicists; I also speak with chemists, software engineers or mechanical engineers. You get to see things from different perspectives.
How were you helped to settle in when you joined?
At Canon Production Printing you are actively helped in your development. There’s so much to learn when you join a company, and that’s where the coach comes in. My coach, who is also my team lead, is an experienced architect, and he leads by example. At Canon Production Printing, there are no hierarchical distinctions where you don’t get to interact with the people who lead you. You won’t get lost here, because there are always people willing to help you.
What would you say to a newcomer joining the company?
If you’re eager to learn and think outside the box, this is the place for you. You’re free to think, and to explore. It’s a very lively research department, with an atmosphere that promotes new ideas.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt so far?
There is huge resilience. If we encounter an obstacle, we try to figure out a way round it. We all push each other to see how far we can go. Good ideas get put out on the table. We hear each other out, and that’s where this multidisciplinary environment comes into play. That makes Canon Production Printing such a good company, because innovation comes from people strengthening each other.