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Civil Engineer (PE/LEED AP) - Profile Evaluation Request

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Civil Engineer (PE/LEED AP) - Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 11:40
Hello -
Can you please evaluate my profile and if possible -evaluate my chances for Kellogg, Booth and Kelley (looking for Part-Time - Full time is also a possibility) based on my age and heavy engineering/technical background (especially Civil Engineering)

Age: 30 - Married
Country of Citizenship : India - US Green Card Holder

GMAT: First Attempt 680 - retaking GMAT in couple of months - Hoping for mid 700s (most likely will get that). Please evaluate based on a score of 680

Work Experience:
- Registered Professional Civil Engineer ( Licensed in WI); LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) ( Both licenses are very valuable in the Engineering Industry)
- 6 years (not including Graduate School ) in the Civil/Environmental Engineering Consulting for the #1 Environmental Engineering Consulting Firm in USA (CH2M HILL). CH2M HILL Ranked Best Place to work for (Fortune 100- 4 times); Most Ethical Company (past 5 years), Fortune 500 Company; etc., etc.,
- Worked as Lead Design Engineer for several projects up to $50 MM fees, Asst Project Manager for projects up to $1 MM fees; lead engineer on the Winner of the Midwest's best water project; received several awards within the company.

Education:
- B.E in Civil Engineering. from College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University (Ranked 6th in India (top 5 being IITs) and the oldest and one of the most reputed universities in India ). (GPA - 3.5)
- M.S in Civil/Environmental Engineering (GPA 3.94 ) from a well known US university (UI-C). Research assistant with full scholarship and Fellowship for the entire duration.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
- Executive member of my university student union - won critical elections/ lead campaign; Lead a team of Red Cross Volunteers to assist and contribute Tsunami affected victims.
- Vice President of the Society of Civil Engineers (most prestigious student body in South India) - successful in gathering sponsors (up to 1MM INR for the yearly technical conferences)
- involved in several professional organizations (Rotary Club, Leo Club) and student organizations within the university - (one of the reasons for the low GPA in my undergrad).
-Involved in UNICEF Fund, Save the Children Organizations, active blood donor and volunteer occasionally for food drives in South Chicago
- Heavily involved in trading Stocks, Options (Calls and Puts) – have pulled in 70% returns for the past two years. Manage investments for my retired in-laws.
Versatile in 3 languages (English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, German, Polish)

MBA goal:
Interested in strategy, operations and marketing - with aim of going back to either large consulting firms (top 5) or Engineering/Construction Firms - I have noticed that there aren't many MBAs in/for this industry - will be my main selling point on why I need a MBA.

Will get excellent recommendations from my employer.

- Looking to join a part-time program. (Full time is a possibility !!!!)
- As my wife is pursuing PhD in Chicago - I am looking only at Kellogg / Booth (with Kelley as a distant option)
- If I get 700 plus in couple of months - will apply for Summer Quad (part-time) or R1 for Full time.

I would greatly appreciate if you can look into this and let me know your opinion - suggestions and possibilities (realistic)
Thank you!
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Re: Civil Engineer (PE/LEED AP) - Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2014, 13:38
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With your current credentials, I would consider you a viable applicant for the part-time programs you mention – with Kellogg and Booth reasonable reaches bordering on-par, and Kelley on-par. While the GMAT is a little low given your demographic, your career is clearly a strong point and a differentiating factor -- make the most of it in your applications. If you do get a higher score on a retake, it would boost both Kellogg and Booth to on-par status.

Keep in mind that part-time MBA programs are not usually targeted toward career changers. Usually they’re for people who intend to advance in their current company, at least for a while. So present a plan for how you will obtain your target company/position if/when you do want to change.
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