Sam Dwarakanath, B.S. 2001

Director and General Manager, Transactional Services, Amazon - Seattle WA

2001 Major: Physics and Computer Science

How has being a Physics graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"An education in physics taught me how to learn new domains, define problems, develop mathematical models, analyze and synthesize, and work through challenges and setbacks."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Physics programs? 

"Beyond what your classes (physics and otherwise) require, spend time going deeper in areas you want to excel at. Get exposure to a range of fields, activities, people, and cultures. Reflect on your positive and negative experiences, and what they might say about you. Take these insights into account when making life decisions."


Dwarakanath with dog