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Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee

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Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2011, 14:49
Indian, Male, Age: 27

GMAT 730, (Q49, 86%ile), (V40, 89%ile), (AWA 5.0)


Undergrad: Civil Engg, IIT Madras, GPA: 7.32/10,
Masters: Transportation Engg, Texas A&M University, Major GPA 4.0/4.0 (Total 3.9/4.0)
Graduate Certificate in Business, GPA 3.75/4.0, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University (This is kind of a Minor. with a total of 4 courses, 12 credits).


CFA Level 3 Candidate.
Professional Engineer, State of California.

Work experience details:

Full Time (Close to 4 years by Aug 2012), Dept. of Transportation, CA
July 2011 to Present, Associate Project Manager
July 2009 to June 2011, Assistant Project Engineer
Nov 2009 to June 2010, Assistant Project Manager
Oct 2008 to Oct 2009, Transportation Engineer

Part Time ( 2 yrs, 20 hrs per week), Texas Transportation Institute, TX
Sep 2006 to Aug 2008, Research Assistant

Pre - MBA work experience areas : Infrastructure Engineering, and Project Management
After - MBA plans: Short-Term: Infrastructure/Project Finance, Long Term: Investment Management and Private Equity.

Potential Points To Be Highlighted In Essays:

From Professional Life:

● Supervised a politically highly sensitive project which was among the first few projects funded by Obama’s $ 40 B infrastructure stimulus package of 2008. Project became very crucial as it was allotted to a contractor with criminal history, and the whole crew was very less experienced (had to contract out the project to that company because of the reservation limitations). I took over and lead the project after the Senior Engineer who was supposed to lead that project left with in the first quarter of the project as he found it very difficult to manage the contractor and his crew.
● Saved close to $1.5 Million on a highway construction project by coming up with few innovative approaches to deal with unexpected issues raised during the project.
● Developed new data analysis methods which are now followed by our whole project mgmt group.
● Among the youngest in the department to receive a professional engineer license and consequently to authorize State projects.
● Worked on the Caldecott Tunnel Project ( a $ 420 million project, Nation’s second largest highway project supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 )

From Personal Life:

● the way me, my education, and my career progression stood up as a good example and inspiration for many kids in my village and neighboring villages.
● my commitment to make sure that no kid from my village would drop out of school (until at least primary school) due to the lack of financial resources or guidance. Did set up a Fund to fund their primary school education.
● involvement with several child education related activities through CSECC (California State Employees Charitable Campaign), CRY (Child Rights and You), and AID (Aid for India’s Development)


● Worked on a start up “Biglifeindia”. Idea was to generate superior returns on the investor’s investments by pooling and investing them in growing sectors like infrastructure development, real estate, large-scale agriculture etc, in India. Temporarily suspended the project because of unfavorable political developments and consequent new regulations (Andhra Pradesh Micro Finance Institutions Act, 2010).

Target Schools:
R1: Booth, Columbia, Wharton or Harvard, MIT or LBS
R2: Wharton/Harvard, MIT/LBS, Haas, Anderson, McCombs.

Please have a look at my above profile and send your valuable suggestions and comments regarding my following concerns:

1) At which of my targeted schools, do I have a decent chance to put a competitive application?

2) Is it worth retaking GMAT, given that I am confident of increasing the score from 730 to 750: both from admits perspective and scholarships perspective.

3) Given that I have time to apply only one of either Wharton or Harvard, also either MIT or LBS in first round, is there any advantage of picking one school over other in R1 vs R2.

4) Areas where I should specifically concentrate to make my application more competitive at my targeted schools.

Thanks a lot for your time and help.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2011, 20:09
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Thanks for your post. To answer your questions:

1) You have a competitive profile in terms of stats and professional growth and all your target programs. But they all are top MBA programs that reject many competitive, highly qualified applicants. I believe your chances of acceptance are best at Booth, Columbia, MIT, LBS, Haas, Anderson, and McCombs, and I am virtually positive that despite impressive qualifications, you will not be accepted to all. Although I left HBS and Wharton off the list, you also have a chance at those programs.
2) No.
3) Historically, there has been a big statistical advantage in applying to MIT R1. If you can, apply to MIT R1. I know of no major advantage at HBS or Wharton in applying R1 over R2. However, if you are more interested in one than the other, I would apply to that one R1.
4) This is not the place, and I don't have enough information, to suggest distinct ways for each program. However, you want to emphasize leadership, professional growth that is beyond the typical, and impact/contribution on and off the job. And by contribution I don't mean just writing a check; I mean creating something, influencing others, initiating, actively participating, and taking responsibility for outcome.

Check out MBA Applications 101 for additional suggestions on application strategy and MBA Application Essays: Content is Key for tips on standing our and writing great MBA essays.


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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 22:06
Hi Linda,

Thank you very much for your reply. Your valuable insights would be of great help to me. Thanks once again.

Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee   [#permalink] 11 Aug 2011, 22:06
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