Meet the MBA Class of 2025: Francis Mulcahy, Cornell University (Johnson)

Francis Mulcahy

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

“I am motivated and dependable. My passions are family and all things outdoors.”

Hometown: Ithaca, New York

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am an identical twin.

Undergraduate School and Major: Cornell University, Science of Earth Systems (Bachelor’s); University of Texas at Austin, Geological Sciences (Master’s)

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Equinor, Senior Exploration Geologist

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Cornell’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I’m an energy professional wanting to transition out of oil and gas and into new energy, and the educational programming at Cornell allows me to tailor my studies to fit my desired career trajectory. In the second semester, each student must select one of eight immersion learning programs. I am particularly excited about the sustainable global enterprise immersion and exploring sustainability within a business context.

What excites you the most about living in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region? As an undergraduate at Cornell, I remember referring to the Ithaca area as “Camp Ithaca.” The geography, seasons, outdoor activities, culture, and history of the Ithaca area all interplay to create an incredible environment that fosters a unique and special university experience.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Cornell? I am very much looking forward to attending Sage Socials. Every Thursday afternoon, the event is held in the atrium of Sage Hall. This event gives students, staff, and faculty a chance to connect outside of the classroom over snacks and drinks. Attending this event as a prospective student really highlighted the close-knit community that exists at the Johnson School.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: As a senior exploration geologist, I directly influenced a significant equity cross-assignment between Equinor and another major international energy company operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

What do you hope to do after graduation at this point? I hope to leverage my technical background and my MBA experience to pursue a leadership role in new energy.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Cornell’s MBA program? Have a firm plan and communicate it. Explore the resources that Cornell Johnson, the SC Johnson College of Business, and the broader university have available and establish how best to take advantage of those resources and execute your plan.

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