Alumnus Profile: Nick Chong, BSIE ’12
Current City: Miami, Florida
What did you do in the year immediately after graduation?
I started working full time at DHL. I was a business development analyst responsible for implementing temperature sensitive supply chain solutions for pharmaceutical shipments. I worked full time at DHL for six months before transitioning to American Express. At American Express I was an industrial engineer responsible for evaluating and improving back end processes.
What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
I am the general manager for Getaround in the South Florida market. Getaround is a car sharing app that allows people to rent cars from one another – think of the “AirBnB” for cars. I am responsible for day-to-day operations, marketing and overall strategy for the market. A typical work week ranges from meeting with large car fleet owners to try and sign them to the platform to attending meetings and introducing people to the concept of car sharing.
In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
The biggest impact the CoE had on me was the ability to solve problems and have an “engineering mindset.” The curriculum and faculty prepared us for successful careers because for four years they taught us to solve different problems, which is exactly what an everyday job is.
Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
I vividly remember watching my mouse trap car make it down the breezeway during my freshman year.
What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have received an education from the University of Miami CoE. It only feels right to give back and try to enhance the lives of future ’Cane generations.
What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
My best advice would be to intern at as many different types of companies to figure out what you are really passionate about. Your first job does not have to be your entire career! Experience as many different industries as possible to really see what interests you.
How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Thorough, helpful, prepared, smart and even keeled.