Brian Rumao | Los Angeles, CA
University of Michigan, BSE and MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2010

Brian is currently a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. He describes a typical day:   What I love about this job is that there is no typical day. At the highest level, we help clients in a variety of industries solve their most pressing issues. As a member of the operations practice, my work focuses on delivering step-change improvement in our clients' operating and management systems, along with building client capabilities for sustained results. On a recent day, I spent the morning coaching a manufacturing supervisor on how to hold an effective shift huddle and communicate with his employees. In the afternoon, I had a one-on-one problem solving meeting with the client's executive VP of operations.

Brian describes how MRC has benefited him: The MRC has been benefited me in too many ways to describe, as I stayed with the program as a student, as program board member, a peer advisor, and finally as a resident advisor. I always think about my first-year research project. I sat at the table with PhD students, post-docs, and an esteemed professor in electrical engineering. I didn't let my being the youngest and most inexperienced person in the room stop me from contributing to the team. My professor appreciated my abilities and thanked me for not hesitating to speak up. That attitude has served me well in my current job, where I work on a daily basis with highly tenured and experienced clients and colleagues.

Words of wisdom from Brian: College, and life in general, comes down a healthy balance. The next few years will quickly pass, so don't forget to keep some memories along the way.I have more words of wisdom in a book I wrote last year, "College Success Strategies," available here.

Brian passes on some advice: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education" — Mark Twain