1. Name, academic program/concentration and year in the program
Shaun Nelson, MBA 1st year, concentration in Supply Chain Management
2. Prior work experience
My background has been in different procurement roles for Ingersoll Rand – a global industrial manufacturing conglomerate based out of Davidson, NC. I worked in supply chain analytics – finding opportunities for commodity teams; commodity management – working with suppliers on price, quality, and delivery; and procurement operations – to design and execute standard work for the company’s $ 9 billion global procurement organization.
3. Why did you select the NC State Jenkins MBA program?
As a transplanted southerner (originally from the west coast), I grew to love the state of North Carolina and wanted to complete my education here in North Carolina. This left me with three options: NC State, Duke, and UNC. After weighing my admissions decisions, I concluded that NC State would provide me the highest return on my investment financially and the strong industry partnerships with the program ultimately won me over.
4. Why did you select the supply chain management concentration; how does it align with career goals?
There is so much more to the world of supply chain than my background in procurement. I felt like I needed to go back to school to become better-rounded in logistics, operations, as well as general management, to help me become a better supply chain leader in future roles. I would ultimately love to lead operations for a large company and believe many of the principles and experiences I have while at NC State can only help me in my pursuit.
5. What would you say to a prospective MBA student or an MBA student considering involvement with the SCRC?
Make sure to get involved and try to really experience the projects and try to understand how you can adopt the learning into your future career. You get to work on real projects, with real professionals from very respected organizations, and that in and of itself makes the entire program worth it. The program is second-to-none with respect to the countless opportunities you’ll have to be a real-life consultant to large, industry leading companies.