Mr. Smart Operations

About Me:

I attended undergrad on a competitive scholarship (2.5% acceptance rate). From undergrad, I pursued a career in consulting and selected my offer to apply my technical degree with business application. Within consulting, I played in supply chain strategy, analytics, and smart factory operations. I have been recently promoted to consultant.


Undergrad School: North Carolina State University

Undergrad Major: Industrial Engineering

GPA: 4.0

GMAT: 760

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Alumni Engagement Strategy Formulation (1-2 hrs/wk over two months) - Analyzed data from an alumni survey and used competitive benchmarking to recommend a list of initiatives for my undergraduate degree to pursue (currently scoping each option), Chair of Graduate School Preparedness (3-8 hrs/wk over 18 months) - Elected by peers in the workplace to lead and design activities that educate people on the overall graduate school application process and the firm's resources for application assistance and tuition reimbursement.

Work History:

Title: Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I closed a project analysis two weeks ahead of schedule because of efficient analysis and knowledge transfer to the client. My findings were presented to the CEO and helped sell part of a $15MM phase two project. I won the respect of a very difficult manager who directly led to four people leaving my firm over six months.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to return to operations consulting or join a smaller Smart Operations start-up. I want to use my MBA to round out my business knowledge by studying the areas of finance, entrepreneurship, and digital operations.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Columbia, Chicago Booth, Yale


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 7%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Your odds are around the average for HBS admit rate and that in itself is an encouraging sign. As my peers have mentioned, your GMAT is spectacular and so is the scholarship award. In a “normal” year my advice would have been the conventional advice to seek more leadership experience and apply two years down the line. But these are anything but normal times. Our prediction is that operational roles will make a comeback in post COVID19 world and anyone who is making supply chains more efficient, will be worth more during recruitment season. This fact wont be lost on the adcom. If you can highlight your leadership in making the factory operations more “smart” and show …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Smart Operations, this is Julie-Anne Heafey. I think you bring a lot of impressive things to the table here, and I’m sure the community odds are rating you super-high because of your perfect GPA and sky high GMAT. While you certainly can and should be proud of those things, HBS is looking for more than just excellent stats but impact, leadership and perspective. At 24 and only 2 years of work experience, you’re at a disadvantage on that front in the application pool, especially recognizing that the average work experience is around 5ish years. While time served is less important than what you do, it’s VERY tough for consultants to show that outsize impact early. It sounds like you’re …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hello Mr. Smart Operations, it’s Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. Wow, those are impressive stats, that’s a great place to start. However, I agree with my peer that your short working tenure will make it really hard for you to stand out in Harvard’s pool- or at any top school. When I was on the Sloan adcomm we would occasionally see candidates with 2 years of work experience but they would have to completely knock our socks off to get an offer of admission. With more experience and evidence of solid impact you could be a star. Not sure what consulting firm you are with, so I don’t know if there is an opportunity for you to …

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