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“Fuqua has been incredibly enabling: I have been able to explore my passion for energy in a way that I could not anywhere else. Classes like the EDGE seminar, project finance, and decision models are relevant to my post-Fuqua career, and the ability to take energy classes at Duke Law and the Nicholas School of the Environment will give me a competitive edge.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2020
Industry:
Renewable Energy

Prior Education:

Brandeis University
Economics, 2008
Hometown:
Watertown, Massachusetts
Nationality:
USA

Why I Chose Fuqua

When I came to interview, I was still debating between schools. I met a candidate from the Class of 2019 who spent several hours talking to my wife and me about life at Fuqua—we are both fathers, so it was very helpful to hear his thoughts on balancing the demands of Fuqua with a family at home. I think my mind was finally made up when I attended Blue Devil Weekend. Meeting classmates, faculty, and staff was the final piece of the puzzle. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and caring in a way that I did not feel at other schools. After hearing some of the incredible accomplishments of my classmates, I knew I would be motivated and would push myself to achieve in a place like Duke.

 

5 Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss in Durham

  1. Pizzeria Toro – Easily my favorite pizza joint in Durham and probably top five anywhere. Their Neapolitan-style pizzas are mind-blowing. Don’t miss the San Marzano with buffalo mozzarella. Make sure to add Prosciutto di Parma. Chili oil, obviously. You’re welcome.
  2. Parker and Otis—Do you long for a coffee shop with amazing breakfast sandwiches that also sells cookbooks and curios? Your wish has been granted! Don’t miss the house-made scones—best I’ve had in the city!
  3. Heavenly Buffaloes – What Fuquan would make a list of restaurants without Heavenly Buff? This is a bare-bones chicken wing joint. They’ve got what you need, nothing more, nothing less. I love spicy food but the lemon-pepper boneless wings are classic.
  4. Monuts – Amazing brunch. Amazing donuts. Amazing coffee. What’s left to say? Maybe get here early. Like very early. It’s worth it.
  5. Alley Twenty Six – When I need a real-deal cocktail, Alley Twenty Six is the only spot that scratches that itch. If Shannon is behind the bar, ask him how he makes his milk punch. I’d put this place up against any in the Triangle.

My Life Before Fuqua

I joined Edison Energy’s consulting arm, which works with commercial customers looking to procure green energy. One of my projects involved research into the European wholesale energy market, where offshore wind was really starting to really take off. I saw the writing on the wall: offshore wind is coming to the U.S., and it is going to be huge. I then joined EDP Renewables Offshore Wind and worked on their recent winning bid for wind rights off the coast of Massachusetts.

My Life After Fuqua

I plan to continue working in the offshore wind space in Boston. I want to work on large scale energy infrastructure projects at a company that recognizes how vital clean, sustainable, and renewable energy is to our future.

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP)

My FCCP project involves an international market expansion for an energy company based in South America.

What I Love About Fuqua Friday

Fuqua Friday is a weekly get-together of everyone at Fuqua. We eat, drink, catch up with friends, and relax together at school. Current students, prospective students, alumni, faculty, administration, staff, friends, family members, even Tar Heel fans—anyone can grab dinner, find a seat, and have fun.

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Daytime MBA

Kevin Rahill

Class of 2020
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Daytime MBA

Josefina Van Thienen

Class of 2020
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Daytime MBA

Rob Frazier

Class of 2019
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Jeffrey Bonsu

Class of 2020