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Zane McDonald

What were the most valuable aspects of your EGG education?

  • Opportunities for engagement with firms.  Even if I never end up working for/with one of these companies, experience interacting with industry is so critical!
  • Secondly, but likely more importantly, interaction with faculty.  At least once a week I encounter cutting-edge research that was authored or co-authored by a faculty member that I worked closely with during my education.
  • Finally, the exposure I got to different disciplines.  I am able to have conversations with experts in a wide spectrum of fields because I was exposed in school.  Policy, mechanical engineering, planning, economics, computer programming.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of joining EGG?
Get involved in every aspect of your education, not just classwork.  Join clubs, meet friends for drinks, go to seminars, volunteer to help the department, visit faculty regularly, work in the WV offices, speak with researchers about their work.  The experience is most valuable when it is holistic.

What’s next for you?
I really like analytics, I suspect I will continue to cut my teeth here for the next 2-3 years or so.  Within 3-5 years I would like to move abroad or run for political office, maybe both if I find that my finances allow for it.  If my political aspirations do not materialize I will start a nonprofit to raise money to buy shoes for homeless people.  I would like to hike the PCT.  I want to work in private equity by the time I am 50.  By 65 I would like to sell my final company and retire to Bend, Oregon or maybe Cinque Terre, Italy.

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