Nick tran q&a


Nick Tran is an undergraduate in the University of Michigan Industrial và Operations vincitysdaimo.comeering ( department. Nick discusses what Industrial and Operations vincitysdaimo.comeering is as well as the perks & flexibility of the degree.

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Nick Tran is an undergraduate in the U-M Industrial and Operations vincitysdaimo.comeering ( department. He currently serves as a U-M peer advisor & is a part of many clubs including vincitysdaimo.comeering Global Leader (EGL), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) & Michigan Aviators.


Favorite class: 310 with Professor Amy Cohn

Favorite place lớn study on campus: Ross School of Business

Favorite place to get food near campus: I cook most of my meals but I really lượt thích Quickly’s fried chicken and Joe’s Pizza

Dream job: Pilot

What would be important for someone interested in an degree khổng lồ know?

I lượt thích because of all the opportunities that it provides. There’s a lot of overlap between industrial vincitysdaimo.comeering và all facets of industry. You’re doing math, statistics & a lot of data analysis khổng lồ see some really tangible results & gather real insights. Because of this, a lot of’s over up in business roles because they understand how khổng lồ make decisions based on the data that they process. There’s also a ton of overlap with computer science và data science because you’re using analytics and programming to get the results that you are interested in. It’s a very practical degree with a ton of opportunities at the end of it.

What is your favorite class và why?

I’d pick 310 mainly because a lot of the stuff that I was learning about had to vày with aviation và network planning. 310 was my first realization that the things that I was studying actually would play a part in my future career in the aviation industry. That was so cool to me because no longer was it just some random major that I decided on, but now I was actually able to lớn see the direct applications. Also Professor Cohn is fantastic.

Can you talk about your co-op with United Airlines?


Essentially, a co-op is where you take a semester off of school và instead supplement that with real-world job experience. United Airlines offers this fantastic program: It’s a six month co-op as an industrial vincitysdaimo.comeering intern within the transportation và process optimization department. You’re doing data analytics, 5S lean implementation, & process improvement work for one of the biggest airlines in the world. This was really cool for me, because I love aviation, và I was actually able khổng lồ see my analysis và work have an impact.

You also interned at United Airlines, how was that experience?

When I came back, it was like I was returning as a full time employee. All of a sudden, I was getting way more responsibility, assignments & project work. My coworkers were surprised lớn find out that I was still an intern & not just returning as a full time employee; that felt good because it meant I was being treated as part of the team.

There was this specific project where I was able to come in & use some of the 5s lean techniques that I learned in class and apply that khổng lồ what we were doing in the warehouse. I got lớn see things that we talked about in our lectures actually come to life và how they worked in the real world, which is huge. I think that’s one of the most important things I took away: the ideas I learned about in class resulted in tangible results that I absolutely had an impact on.


A perk of the internship was the ability to lớn travel. Where are some of the places you traveled khổng lồ this summer?

Chicago > Seattle > Chicago > San Diego > San Diego > Denver > Chicago > Iceland > Chicago > Alaska > Boston > thành phố new york City > Aruba > Seattle > San Paulo, Brazil > Houston > Detroit/Ann Arbor > Turks và Caicos > Peru > Panama > Seattle > Detroit/Ann Arbor

If I can remember correctly I took a little over 43 flights, just this summer.

There’s a wall in my room with all the boarding passes because I like to collect boarding passes & it literally just covers the entire length of the wall.

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What U-M groups are you active in?

I’m in vincitysdaimo.comeering Global Leader (EGL). It’s a group of vincitysdaimo.comeers who are also interested in the business và leadership side of vincitysdaimo.comeering và are interested in pursuing a master’s degree.

I also bởi vì Mock Trial. Mock Trial is a pretty cool club khổng lồ be in và our team is fantastic. You essentially get assigned a case & you have attorneys, you have witnesses, & your job is lớn be able to play those parts và win your case.

Outside of some of our academic organizations, I also am a part of Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Michigan Aviators and the school’s flight club.

Do you participate in Mock Trial because you have an interest in law?

Most of my experiences are very professionally geared và while that’s really good for me, it’s much better to lớn be more well-rounded. I realized quickly that all of these experiences were setting me up for a career in the aviation industry. Và I’ve been lucky enough khổng lồ achieve that – it’s what I want to over up doing. But at the same time, I don’t really have a ton of time to lớn explore other parts of the world and so Mock Trial helps to expose me lớn those other areas outside of vincitysdaimo.comeering.

You studied abroad in Madrid. How was that experience?

I really lượt thích immersing myself in new cities, new countries, new cultures. Và studying abroad is the perfect way to bởi vì that. I don’t want khổng lồ say, like, studying abroad changed my life *laughs*. But it was definitely an impactful experience in the fact that I was able to lớn discover more about myself as a person và what I liked và what I wanted in the future. It also allowed me khổng lồ practice my Spanish, which was pretty cool.


Why did you choose the University of Michigan?

I was between the University of Michigan, University of Washington, & Dartmouth and I knew I really wanted lớn study vincitysdaimo.comeering. Michigan offered me the best chance for that just because they’re fantastic with out-of-state scholarships, & they’re one of the best schools in the nation for vincitysdaimo.comeering. I also knew that I didn’t want khổng lồ stay at home. So really, that reduced the decision down khổng lồ Michigan vincitysdaimo.comeering and Dartmouth vincitysdaimo.comeering and from there it was an easy choice.

I love Michigan. I think the school spirit has a lot to vày with the way the students feel here. And I think that one of the reasons why we have such a strong alumni network is because of that school spirit. I’ve been in random places in the middle of Europe wearing a Michigan shirt & people say “go blue!” across the street.

What is your dream job?

Eventually, I’m going to fly planes. It’s happening. And yes, I’m serious. I will end up hopefully at United Airlines or Delta, flying some of the bigger aircrafts.

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Does that mean you have your pilot’s license?

Yeah, I have my pilot’s license! I have everything up to a commercial pilot’s license, I need to lớn get my airline transport pilot’s license và as soon as I have that, I’ll be good khổng lồ go và get lớn fly for some of the major airlines.

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