Olufemi Sokoya

Olufemi Sokoya
Class Year: 
2013
Job Title / Company: 
Sales Strategy and Support Project Manager, American Family Insurance

Undergraduate Degree: BS Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

I chose Duke’s Master of Engineering Management to transition my engineering degree towards a focus on business innovation and management expertise with regards to business finance and project management.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

I really enjoyed my experience with a group of highly skilled and focused individuals in the midst of a transition with a mind towards creativity and innovation. We worked really hard together and focused on new applications of our engieering expertise and leading technical teams.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

I think my degree has increased my credibiliity in business conversations and systems thinking in city and community collaboration as well. I am a go-to to translate business language and goals to my technical counterparts and vice versa.

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

I'd highly suggest utilizing the network of your fellow students and taking risks in initiating businesses. There's a wealth of opportunity to create as well as situate yourself in the market.

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

Duke is a world-renowned institution with a plethora of benefits academically, however, what sets this area apart from other areas is the community. The community offers a burgeoning innovation area with the largest per capita PhDs in most of the country. This network of people is crucial to step into your next place in life.