My decision to choose industry-oriented research as a professional career in the long term is based on moral values, outlook, and personal experiences. I always had a passion for learning how machines work and the evolution of new technologies from school days. This motivated me to choose Mechanical Engineering as a discipline during undergraduate studies. The laboratories of the undergraduate program were the most exciting part and helped me to develop an interest towards manufacturing processes and systems. I spent considerable time appreciating automation trends and CNC machine tools during undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Considering long-term career interests in the domain of advanced manufacturing, I opted for a doctoral degree program in the area of CNC Machine Tools and CAD/CAM at Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, India after postgraduate studies. The doctoral degree program helped me to transform from an enthusiastic student to a thoughtful researcher and appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of current research trends. I have developed good knowledge base in the domain of advanced machining, geometric tolerances, and application of machine learning in manufacturing. In subsequent years of professional career, I look forward to contribute meaningfully in the areas integrating smart manufacturing and data sciences.