Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Washington University in St. Louis; Lewis & Clark College

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
I have always enjoyed management and leadership since I was young as I grew up watching my father manage his factory. I love working with teams to make something better than how we found it. Throughout my undergraduate years at WashU, I took on leadership roles such as President of the Association of Dual Degree Engineers and Director of National Conference at WashU SWE. I chose to pursue a Master of Project Management to learn the technical details of managing a project like risk management, financial intelligence, and Agile methodology. I also wanted to understand the things I am doing right and ways I can improve to become a well-rounded leader.

Why did you pick WashU?
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at WashU as a part of my Dual Degree Engineering (3+3) Program. I knew I wanted to continue with an MPM at WashU because the McKelvey community is supportive, has fantastic faculty, and provides valuable courses.

What was your favorite course and why?
Although I love the technical side of MPM, I have to say my favorite course was Communications Excellence for Influential Leadership. Being a project leader, one has to know how to communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences and understand the power of words. Excellent communications will surely open up more opportunities for a leader!

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
This is a tricky question because all of the instructors are great, and have interesting backgrounds and experiences that they share in classes! One of the instructors whom I really liked is Dr. Habib Chamoun who teaches Cross Cultural Negotiation. He is very fun, creative, and optimistic. He helped me become a better negotiator which is a very important role in PM and in life.

What advice would you give to a new student?  
I have three pieces of advice: 1) Explore areas out of your comfort zone because it might just be what you are looking for, 2) Work hard until you are satisfied so you don't regret any chances, and 3) Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help when you need - the McKelvey community is very resourceful.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
I LOVE donuts so I am choosing Donut Drive-in and late-night runs to John's Donuts with my friends! Forest Park is also a gem - I love the Saint Louis Art Museum!

Where are you from?
Yangon, Myanmar

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
I had great fun joining an intramural volleyball team and the Equestrian team so I recommend sports clubs and teams. I also recommend the BALSA Group if you are looking to increase your problem-solving skills and gain hands-on experience in the business of science and technology. Engineering groups also provide hands-on experience and teamwork!

Do you have any work history? If yes, please describe.
I have internship and Co-op experiences as a Backend Engineering Intern at nexlabs.co, a Hardware Engineering Co-op at bioMerieux, and as a Product Manager Intern at Ayeyarwady Peanut Oil Company. I also worked part-time as a Consultant at the BALSA Group.

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?
Yes, the BALSA Group is a nonprofit organization in St. Louis. I also volunteered as a tutor through the Society of Women Engineers.

What are your plans for the future?
I will be working as a Decision Analytics Associate at ZS Associates in Evanston, IL upon graduation. I am very excited because ZS Associates is one of my top favorite global consulting and professional services firms!