Millennial Mantra: Sreeragh Iyer

By 31 Jul 2019

In conversation with PrintWeek India, Sreeragh Iyer of Miraclon talks about what fascinates him in the print and packaging industry.

Q. One way print can change the world?
The print has been changing the world since its evolution, and it has given people access to information and knowledge through newspapers, books and packaging. It is the best way to reach the masses.

Q. What’s your favourite book?
I am not an avid reader. But I recently read a book called One Life to Ride, which is about the author and his bike ride to the Himalayas. 

Q. What's your best childhood memory about reading in a library?
I started reading in the Kindle era. My library is primarily digital.

Q. If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
Being in the flexography field for some time now, I would want to time travel to the future where flexo is the process of choice across the world and surpasses all competing technologies in quality.

Q. What is that one packaging trend that you hate that everyone else loves?
Currently, due to the plastic ban, the industry has talked about compostable material and enforcement of regulations, which has become a topic of debate, so recycling of material is an interesting topic for me.

Q. What accomplishment in print college are you most proud of?
Back in our college, we had many internship opportunities but apart from those, I would say, working with PrintWeek India for a month was very interesting and revealing. My friends and I got an opportunity to talk to industry leaders and understand the print and packaging world better. This opportunity came to us while we were just getting ready to set foot into the professional world. And we relish that period even now.

Q. One chemical compound whose formula you know by heart? 
I remember most of the basic chemical compounds, but Benzene (C6H6) was my favourite because of its structural formula. It is organised and precise, just like modern flexo!

Q. Describe your dream visit to a factory?
I've got many opportunities of visiting various print factories at my current job, but I still recollect visiting Times of India from my college for an industrial visit and I was awestruck by the level of organisation and automation used there.

Q. What do you love most about the faculty you study under and why?
I can answer this by quoting a professor from my second year of engineering. "If we close our eyes and think of the world without print; it would perplex us. Everything that we have around us has some connect with print." This example made me realise how important this field is to society and the world as.

Q. Coolest new software you have discovered recently?
I am currently using an app called Cred, to pay my credit card bills, which gives me points and many discount vouchers. 

Q. Which is the best film about the print you have ever seen?
I haven’t seen a film about print yet. But I recently saw a movie named Spotlight, which outlines the role of journalism and newspapers in a specific case, leading us to understand how important investigate journalism and free press is to communities.

Q. Would you rather be like Einstein who is good with numbers, or Shakespeare who is good with words? Why?
I am a very talkative person, so I would like to be like Shakespeare who is good with words. 

Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?
When I graduated three years ago, the answer to this question was I wanted to know people in the industry and help them in some way so that they remember me. My current job has given me the opportunity to be in the industry and meet different people every day. I would want to meet more people in the coming days and carve out my place within the industry.

Q. What's your best childhood memory?
My dad used to take my sister and I for a walk on the weekends, and we would force him to take us to the photography studio and get clicked. When we look at those pictures now, it brings a smile on our faces.

Q. What would be your dream job?
Being a talkative person, I would prefer a job that involves me communicating with people and sharing my knowledge and experience with them.

Q. One thing on your bucket list
Getting a tattoo is one thing that has been on my list for some time now. 1:1 dot reproduction from design to the substrate (skin).

Q. Which scientist or technologist would you want to travel with on a long flight?
Elon Musk. I would love to travel with him and talk to him. Perhaps that flight could be a SpaceX ride to Mars?


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