Kasper Larsen

Kasper Larsen
Class Year: 
2010
Job Title / Company: 
Sr. Process Manager, Micron

Undergraduate Degree: BSc. Eng. Physics and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

I was looking for a cross-functional degree that would prepare me for a career in business consulting and management, to complement my undergraduate work in physics and nanotechnology.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

I enjoyed working with many smart and engaged students on class projects. It was great to work in teams where everyone was contributing and you could trust that they would get their tasks done and done well. I was able to expand my network and was exposed to areas outside my technical undergraduate degree like law, business, and marketing.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

My MEM degree exposed me to areas I had not previously been interested in and has given me additional breadth of knowledge that I apply in my current role.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?

Make sure the specific industries or companies you want to work for hire from Duke, some industries and companies only actively recruit or consider a small selection of colleges.

What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?

If you have English as a second language, as I do, please make sure to improve it as much as possible before attending. All collaboration will be done in English, and while you may be brilliant and have great ideas, if you cannot effectively communicate them to your teammates, or if someone else has to rewrite your work product for legibility, you will not be an effective team member and your experience will be negatively impacted, as will that of your teammates. There will not be time to improve your English once the program starts, due to the intensity, so coming fully prepared is crucial.