Andrew Seelaus
"I have been incredibly fortunate to obtain a great education. I want to use the skills and network that I’ve acquired at Fuqua to amplify the positive impact I can have on the world’s most marginalized people."
Class of 2017
Industry:
Clean Energy, Global Impact Investing

Prior Education:

University of Notre Dame
Civil Engineering, 2010
Hometown:
Clarksville, Maryland
Nationality:
USA

Why I Chose Fuqua

Coming from an international non-profit, I was wary of being immersed in a setting inundated with stereotypical consultants and investment bankers.  I sought a dual degree program to provide diversity and balance in my educational experience.

Before coming to Fuqua, I was on the fence about accepting the offer, but I can remember the exact moment I decided to attend.  I was sitting in the Fox Center attending Fuqua Friday and listening to the languages around me – Portuguese across from me, Russian to the right, Chinese to the left, and Hindi behind me.  That’s when I thought, “Yep, I can go here.” 

Making the Most of the Duke Experience

  1. Innovation Co-Lab & The Foundry are two places to unleash your inner geek in hands-on projects using 3D printers, CNC cutters, and basic electronics.
  2. Bass Connections teams undergrads, graduate and professional school students to collaborate on a real-world problem with phenomenal University support.
  3. Rubenstein Fellows are professionals who engage with students in cross-disciplinary seminar courses. Few Duke programs offer such unique face-to-face experiences with global thought leaders.
  4. Between the Duke Start-Up Challenge and a variety of competitions around campus, there are ample ways to find funding to kickstart your business idea.
  5. Duke is a place where you can make interesting things happen. Put together a creative, robust proposal and go for it. People generally say yes.

My Life Before Fuqua

I worked for Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit building footbridges in remote areas of Timor-Leste and Rwanda. This is critical infrastructure allowing local people to get to school, healthcare, and markets. I managed the construction on site, built relationships with local government officials, and developed bridge designs.

My Life After Fuqua

I recently accepted a role with PowerGen, a renewable microgrids company based in Nairobi—I’ll be joining them in Kenya. I am committed to using the privilege and opportunity I’ve been afforded through my education to work towards ensuring that even the world’s poorest people may live with dignity.

My Fuqua Activities

Energy Week at Duke, Founder & Chair (2016)

MBA Energy Club – Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, Chair (2015, 2016), Competitor (2014)

MEM/MBA Club

Student Representative, Fuqua Board of Visitors

Bass Connections - Campus Biogas Digester Feasibility Study

Duke BOLD – Wapta Icefield Expedition, Banff, CanadaDuke Global Challenge 2017 (Finalist)Patagonia EcoInnovation Challenge (Finalist)

Duke Start-Up Challenge 2014, 2015 – Honorable Mention (twice)

UCLA Anderson Challenges in Energy Case Competition

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit – Selected as 1 of 5 Duke University representatives.

My Summer Internship

GE Ventures Energy Investment Team, Boston, MA (2016). Off Grid Electric Ltd., Arusha, Tanzania (2015)

What I love about Durham

This city is a gem. There is always something interesting to do, and there is a wonderful sense of community. The growth of the area in the past five years means that there are lots of really cool little shops, restaurants, and bars. It has a great progressive culture and has attracted lots of young professionals and entrepreneurs to the area. Durham is a booming little city!

Student Network


Tousal Jujhara Daytime MBA

Tousal Jujhara

Class of 2018
Lucy Bangiyeva Daytime MBA

Lucy Bangiyeva

Class of 2018
Daytime MBA

Cecilia Zhong

Class of 2018
Andrew Seelaus Daytime MBA

Andrew Seelaus

Class of 2017