Career Profiles

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Amol Mate

Amol Mate received his Industrial Engineering degree from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology in India. After graduating, he went to work for Vishay (formerly Philips India Ltd.) doing traditional Industrial Engineering.

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Chris Williams

As a child, Chris Williams lived in states all across the United States. His father was with the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Christopher Hornbecker

When Chris Hornbecker entered WVU, he was very uncertain about his desired career. He thought about medical school, but hated biology.

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Corrie Johnson

Corrie Johnson started WVU thinking she would be an Aerospace Engineer, but transferred to Industrial Engineering because she thought it would be a better fit. She had a rough first year, but didn’t give up.

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Daniel Manack

When Dan came to WVU, he knew he wanted to be an engineer but had no idea of what kind. Dan picked IE because he liked the link between engineering and business that IE provided.

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Darren Anderson

When Darren Anderson was in high school and thinking about a major, his father helped him decide what he would be doing. “He told me if I went into engineering, he would pay for my degree, but if I pursued a business degree, I would be on my own, “ Darren laughs.

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Kumar Rampura

When Kumar Rampura finished his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, quality control was a major focus in India. He decided to come to America to further his background in quality management.

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Michael Leonard

When Mike Leonard was growing up his father had a failing tire retreading business. Mike at that young age realized that efficiency was key to business success.

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Michael Reid

Mike Reid chose engineering because he was good at math and science. He initially wanted to go to West Point but eventually decided to attend WVU.

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Nazih Hage

Nazih Hage is a native of Lebanon. His country was at war when he was ready to go to college.

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Neal Starkey

Neal Starkey was appointed to go to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He dropped out after one semester because of poor grades.

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Phil Matthews

When Phil Matthews entered college, he had the goal of becoming a leader of an organization. He had read an article on the day in the life of a Chief Operating Officer and this inspired him

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Pratik Roychoudhury

Pratik gained an Industrial Engineering degree in India and decided to come to the U.S. for a master’s degree. He had a number of friends who had come to WVU and talked highly of our program.

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Rahul Todkar

Rahul Todkar has three core principles he lives by: always be learning, nurture an innovative mindset, and develop insatiable curiosity. These principles have shaped his life from childhood to up until his decision to come to the United States to pursue a graduate degree.

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Sloan Bonar

When Sloan Bonar came to WVU, he was a Biology major. “I loved Biology in high school, but hated it in college,” Sloan says. “I was looking for a major and read about Industrial Engineering in the catalog. I really liked the idea of integrating technology with people.”

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Theodore Gibson

Theo Gibson came to WVU thinking he would be a pre-med major but quickly changed majors before classes started.

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Vineet Shastri

Vineet Shastri earned an Industrial Engineering degree in his native country: India. He wanted to continue his education, so he applied to 5 schools in America for a Masters. He was accepted by all 5 schools.

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