Meet a #futureshaper: Marinedrive Piskaladhanabalan

    He's designing mobile devices for the future.

    Marinedrive Piskaladhanabalan has been with Honeywell for more than 20 years.

    He leads teams that develop and produce industrial grade hand-held cell phones, high-speed printers and scanners that you see in retail stores.

    “Industrial or enterprise grade means the products are faster, more reliable and consistently connected to the internet,” said Marinedrive, the vice president of engineering and the chief technology officer of Honeywell’s productivity products business. “They are easier to service and repair, have intelligent analytics and are bundled as a solution to makes workers who use these devices more productive.

    Based in Fort Mill, South Carolina; here is his #futureshaper story.

    When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

    When I was a child I wanted to be a pilot. I took lessons with the intention of becoming a pilot, but then I decided to become an engineer.

    What brought you to Honeywell?

    I started to work for Honeywell right out of college. It was an easy decision as Honeywell was and is well known and offers a breadth of engineering opportunities. It was important I worked for a company that would give me the chance to work in different areas of engineering.

    What gets you excited about going to work every day?

    The pace of innovation, working as a team with a set of great individuals across the globe and developing something tangible that makes the company and yourself proud. All of this gives me a great sense of accomplishment and that’s what excites me most. 

    Did you ever imagine you would end up in the job you are now? 

    Not entirely - I always saw myself in research or as an architect, not the head of global engineering for a division. But throughout my career, I have learned that being the stimulus for research, creating the vision for something impactful and doing it with the backing of a global organization is very powerful.

    If you were a fortune reader, what would you predict as the future of your industry?

     Significant automation leads to “lights-out warehouses,” cashier-less retail stores and drones delivering packages. Those are just few examples of what we are going to see in the future. In the next few years, I predict we will start to see everything change from in-store customer experiences to the speed of order to delivery. 

    In your eyes, what qualities does a #futureshaper possess?

    Someone who is a passionate learner, has true conviction, has a commitment to their ideas and vision and enjoys working in global workforce with diverse backgrounds. 

    What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? 

    Focus on the 3 Ps: product, process and people. Never underestimate the importance of any of them, they are critical to building a strong engineering organization. Be open to exploring different divisions, product families, hardware, software, etc. Develop a breadth and depth of technology. Lastly, understand your customers deeply to drive meaningful innovations and not just cool things.

    When you are not working, what do you do for fun?

    I enjoy playing badminton, ping pong, and cricket with friends and my kids. 

    Learn more about what it is like to be a #futureshaper.