Hometown: Tempe, AZ
College: Arizona State University: B.S., Finance & M.S., Alternative Energy Technology
Summer Internship: Solar Leadership Program Associate at SunEdison
Post-Anderson: I will be joining EDF Renewable Energy's Rotational Training Program in San Diego.
Childhood dream job: I wanted to be a civil engineer. When I was in middle school, I took a trip with my grandparents through the Swiss Alps and was fascinated by the bridges and tunnels that spanned the mountain ranges.
Why business school? My goal for business school was to transition from a career in financial services to one in renewable energy development. Business school is a unique place where hiring managers celebrate transitions instead of question them.
Why Anderson? While conducting industry research, I discovered that 70% of the U.S. investment in renewable energy was made in California, so I wanted to move to the state and begin building my professional network. After visiting the UCLA Anderson campus and meeting with current and prospective students, I was sold. Since I was not pursuing a traditional MBA role, I was attracted by the incredible diversity of Anderson career paths.
Anderson Activities & Leadership: President of the Energy Management Group, Energy & Utilities ACT Coach
Favorite class and why? Venture Capital & Private Equity with Professor Garmaise: The valuation skills I developed while in this class have prepared me for my role at EDF Renewable Energy, where I will be valuing wind & solar assets and negotiating sales with large firms such as Google and UBS.
To the prospective students considering UCLA Anderson, check out my team's AMR Blog to get a better idea of the incredible adventure you could have during AMR working with a client like UCLA Anderson's partner, Conservation International: http://uclaandersonamrecuador.tumblr.com/
Favorite Anderson Event: Traveling through Europe this past summer with six classmates.
Best Anderson memory so far: Spending a week in Ecuador with my AMR team conducting primary research and exploring the country.
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search? Support from current students and recent alumni of Anderson's Energy Management Group was incredibly helpful in developing a professional network in renewable energy.
How did you utilize Parker in your job search and interview prep? I spent a lot of time going through mock interviews with David Cooley and having Regina Regazzi redline my cover letters. David and Regina are so effective because they are direct and don't sugarcoat their feedback.
How many informational interviews have you conducted while at Anderson? 30? I feel like I know half of my industry.
Any particularly beneficial informationals? Speaking to Board of Advisors member and Anderson alumnus Greg Craig '89. Greg has spent his career in energy and put me in touch with and recommend me to key managers at companies I was interested.
Why Energy? Prior to b-school, building the solar-powered parking canopy structures at the Phoenix Public Library with my start-up, SolarWing, was my proudest moment. Since then, I knew I wanted to build tangible products that have a positive impact. If done correctly, renewable energy has the potential to transform the electricity market, save consumers money, and reduce environmental impact.
-Sandra Nguyen, Communications Manager, Parker Career Management Center