Jan 14, 2022

Nikita Manral

  • Corporate Development Associate
  • Ithaca, NY, 14850, US
Full time Executive Management Oil & Gas Production and Operations Projects, Facilities and Construction Strategy-Planning

Personal Summary

I am an Accelerated MBA student at Cornell Johnson looking for opportunities where I can leverage both my engineering and business skills to manifest my passion for energy industry.

My experience of working in various engineering capacities on offshore oil rigs with India's largest oil exploration and production company prepared me well for thriving in challenging environments. Troubleshooting complex process systems and orchestrating plant operations sharpened me to analyze and precisely communicate large and diverse sets of data and associated risks. I’ve successfully led project management efforts for safe and timely completion of high value projects because of my attention to detail, building consensus in diverse teams, while ensuring safety and accountability. 

To bolster my knowledge in energy systems, I completed Master of Engineering program (with a focus on energy economics) at Cornell University. I studied life cycle analysis and LCOE for various energy choices like wind, solar, geothermal etc. I won the best project award for my capstone on ‘circular economy for plastics’ which included engineering design and financial-feasibility study. Some of my other academic pursuits included but are not limited to ‘Clean heavy-vehicle infrastructure design based on green hydrogen’, ‘Potential benefit of offshore wind energy production using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s buoy data’. 

Now, in the MBA program, I am further honing my business acumen and financial skills while also learning stakeholder management. My work as AMBA representative for the Energy club and an ‘Environmental Finance’ fellow is helping deepen my understanding of finance in energy. I am also utilizing professional growth opportunities like ‘MBA Impact Investing Training’ by UPenn Wharton and winter internship with Solar EPC company to sharpen my commercialization skills for renewable energy. 


• Technical: Designing (ASPEN, ANSYS, Visio), Data analytics (MATLAB), Integrated asset management (SAP, ReO®, SCADA), Financial modelling, DCF and Life-cycle analysis (Excel VBA)

• Languages: Hindi (Native); English (Fluent); Telugu (Basic)


• Pioneered diversity and inclusion initiatives as first woman officer in offshore oil field 'Heera' resulting in establishing sanitary facilities on field and induction of more women officers
• Mentored 3 graduate trainees for production operations and professional growth at ONGC Ltd
• Hiking, Amateur astronomy, Roped Climbing, Hobby pilot for single engine aircrafts
• Dance (Indian classical and Western ballroom), Indian Classical music (Instrument-Violin)

Work Experience

Corporate Development Associate, MBA Intern
Dec 2021 - May 2022 C S ENERGY

Industry-leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) energy firm

Assisting CEO in developing corporate strategy and identifying expansion opportunities
• Creating roadmaps and performance metrics for improving project execution, supply-chain management and talent management to achieve short term goals of company
• Performing structured quantitative and qualitative analysis for evaluating new opportunities in 50MW+ solar segment; focusing on Long duration storage and Hydrogen generation

Executive Engineer
Jan 2015 - Jan 2020 OIL & NATURAL GAS CORP LTD

Arabian Sea, India
ONGC is India's largest public sector, Fortune500 company producing 70% of domestic oil & gas

Led an 8 member team for operations in a gas-turbine powered offshore process complex, producing and processing 120K barrel liquid and 6M cu.m natural gas per day
• Led project management for pre-engineering, construction, commissioning of $336M new infrastructure (process and well platforms, sub-sea power cables and pipelines) for increment of 3MMT oil, 6B cu.m gas
• Co-ordinated 14 cross-disciplinary teams to deliver seamless integration with existing facilities
• Created tactical plans to direct timely completion of projects while ensuring zero-accidents
• Prevented 40% production loss per day during unplanned power shutdown, through troubleshooting generation system and efficient orchestration of revival process
• Reduced operational losses in Gas Dehydration Unit by 75% using root-cause-analysis
• Designed and supervised in-house pump modification, averting $50K replacement cost
• Individual award 2017: 'Exemplary services in offshore platform'

Assistant Executive Engineer, Production
Jan 2013 - Jan 2015 OIL & NATURAL GAS CORP LTD
  • Assisted Chief General Manager and managed technical cell as internal data consultant for metrics like
    reconciliation, production asking rate, project status, impact of well intervention/stimulation/drilling
  • Ensured integrated process between asset management and Health-Safety-Environment through SAP for inventory management, production and well downtime data, and generating work-order safety plans
  • Established new integrated Piping & Instrumentation Diagram, incorporated 10 years of modifications; document added as primary reference for enterprise-wide adoption


Master of Business Administration
Master of Engineering in Energy Economics
Sep 2020 - May 2021 CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering - Chemical