Krishna Yeshwant
Krishna Yeshwant
Home Region

Chicago, IL

Undergrad Education

Stanford University

“I can't think of a better place to develop my vision.”

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in computer science, Krishna subordinated his earlier interest in medicine for one in engineering. While he enjoyed his work developing fake "honey pot" servers to ensnare would-be computer hackers, something seemed missing. "I got the feeling that I was working to make someone else richer, not to follow a real passion," Krishna says. Attracted to Boston for its prominence in both medicine and high technology, Krishna enrolled in premed classes at Harvard Extension School while conducting research at Brigham and Women's Hospital. As part of the Surgical Planning Lab, Krishna applied his computer science background to the development of 3D planning software for craniofacial surgery.

Spanning medical and engineering worlds

While working side-by-side with surgeons, Krishna realized that "so many devices weren't appropriately designed. If I wanted to work in product development," he says, "I needed to be the person who used the tools as well—it ultimately leads to a better tool. I wanted to span both worlds, medicine and engineering."

Krishna's passion for superior design inspired a deeper interest in technology transfer issues, which in turn led him to the joint MD/MBA program at Harvard. "My focus," says Krishna, "is on bringing new technology to bear on health care problems. I see the MBA as a giant brainstorming experience, a protected environment filled with interesting people trying to figure out the next steps. I don't expect to find an 'answer,' but a venue for discussing possible solutions and directions. I'm good at implementation, but I need a vision. I can't think of a better place to develop my vision."

Hands-on experience

In his summer business internship, Krishna worked with the Corporate-Sponsored Research and Licensing Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. The department is responsible for overseeing technology development at the hospital and determining appropriate licensing arrangements. "The issue isn't necessarily about maximizing profits, but understanding which licenses would ensure maximum benefits to patients," says Krishna. In many ways, it represents the perfect segue to his ambitions in development and administration. "It's never just about technology," Krishna says. "It's about financing, production, building support, and identifying the players—all the things the MBA can help me learn."