Sonakshi Das: Collaboration, Communication, and Collective Action


Circle Optics is headquartered in Rochester, New York, the epicenter of innovation in optics. The Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester both have incredible programs in optics and imaging. We love the synergy among the schools and especially enjoy working with talented and dynamic students.

We wish Sonakshi Das a great semester and look forward to seeing her evolving contribution to Finance and Management Information Systems.

At Circle Optics, the foundation of our success is built on know-how, synergy, and innovation. These pillars are the fabric of our projects, collaborations, and community engagements. It’s always a quest to find individuals who resonate with these principles, and we’ve had the privilege of discovering such talent time and again.

Sonakshi Das, a Business Administration Co-op from Rochester Institute of Technology, is a classic example of this. Joining us as a sophomore, Sonakshi had so much initiative and seamlessly merged into the dynamic tapestry of our team, demonstrating not just academic acumen but also an intrinsic alignment with our core values.

Our COO, Ian Gauger, couldn’t emphasize this enough. He remarked, “Sonakshi is incredibly hardworking and diligent, which is why we decided to keep her on beyond her initial internship for a co-op this summer.”

Robert Metzger, Senior Optical Systems Engineer, discusses HYDRA with Sonakshi Das

In the modern workspace, experiences mold our perspectives and aspirations. My journey at Circle Optics has been no different, offering several learning moments and memories. I wanted to share a few insights and stories that have shaped my time here.

The Power of Teamwork

At Circle Optics, teamwork isn’t just a buzzword, it’s an ethos. I’ve come to genuinely appreciate the value of collaboration, communication, and collective action. Whether it’s a minor query or a significant task, the openness and willingness of every individual here to assist is commendable. An instance that stands out was during our office layout changes. From partaking in surveys to physically rearranging desks, everyone pitched in. This culture doesn’t just ensure smoother operations; it fosters a sense of belonging.

Building Relationships Beyond Work

It’s said that colleagues can sometimes be as close as family. With the camaraderie I’ve experienced here, I couldn’t agree more. One of my cherished memories revolves around a spontaneous 45-minute movie discussion with Carlos and Rob. This chat led to our weekly movie check-ins. Conversations like these blur the lines between colleagues and friends, making work enjoyable.

Molding the Future

While I’m still uncertain about the exact path my future will take, experiences at Circle Optics will undoubtedly play a part in shaping it. Every interaction, every project, every challenge faced here has added to my reservoir of skills and perspectives. Dually majoring in Finance and Management Information Systems has given me a unique lens to view the business world. My ambitions are clear: establish my own enterprise and ensure it has a philanthropic facet. Using profits to give back is not just a dream, but a mission for me.

Unforgettable Summers

Outside the confines of work and studies, travels have been a source of rejuvenation and enlightenment for me. This summer, my journey took me to the enchanting terrains of Peru. The hospitality and warmth of the locals were overwhelming. The zenith of this trip? An intimate moment holding a baby alpaca, feeling its warmth and heartbeat. It was an experience that transcended the ordinary. I look forward to the potential of Circle Optics’ technology enabling the ability to share experiences like the one I had in Peru.

You can read more about Sonakshi Das in our Intern Spotlight.

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