CPE Employee Spotlight with Jaydeb Mukherjee

Jaydeb is the Database Administrator at CPE, as part of the Data & Evaluation team. He has built up the infrastructure used in multiple databases for the organization, with a broad range of impact: facilitating program coordinators in connecting with their students and mentors, consolidating data for grants reports, and assisting in vetting and launching new technology. Learn more about Jaydeb in the interview below:

What college did you attend?

University of Maryland – College Park, where I studied Biochemistry and Japanese studies. Though if you include the year I studied abroad, then you can count Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, as well.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Illustration – I have a very visual imagination, so I’d tried to learn throughout high school and college… but alas, I have not the talent. At least, not to my satisfaction.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love cooking, especially when I can share it with others. Otherwise, most of my hobbies tend towards the geeky side: reading fantasy novels, playing video games, watching anime, and playing tabletop roleplaying games.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

I’ll actually say Keanu Reeves – he seems like a super chill, humble guy. Also I hear that he’s a bit of a comedian off-camera, so that could be fun.

What three traits define you?

First, my sense of humor – which is at least 80% puns and “dad jokes”. Second, my love of solving puzzles and problems – I find few things more satisfying, which makes me well-suited for this job. Third, my drive for learning, particularly for self-improvement – I like finding a balance between specialist and generalist, so you’ll find me learning coding as frequently as studying the history of combustion engines or the cultivars of chili peppers.

What’s the most rewarding aspect about your role at CPE?

It has to be when coworkers notice and voice appreciation for system improvements. I’m in a support role, so I almost never communicate directly with students, donors, or partners, but I help others do so in many different manners. Getting the confirmation that I did what I set out to do – making their work and lives easier – is a more satisfying reward than hard metrics (though I like those, too!).

What is your favorite part about working for CPE?

This feels cliché, but I’d say the people. Partially because it’s a more energetic crew, and we all tend to like each other. Partially because – unlike corporate jobs I’ve worked in the past – I get the sense that everyone values the mission and actually wants to be here. I can’t overstate how refreshing and encouraging that is.