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Student Spotlight: Shane Kigin ’16

Shane Kigin, MBA Class of 2016
Shane Kigin, MBA Class of 2016

Name: Shane Kigin
Age: 32
Graduation Year: 2016
Profession: US Navy Pilot

My background: I’ve been in the Navy for eight years since graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006. After two years of helicopter flight training in Florida, I was stationed in San Diego, California. I deployed twice: first in 2010 off the coast of Central America to conduct counter-narcotics trafficking operations, then again in 2012 to Afghanistan part of a provincial reconstruction team. I began working at the University of Washington Naval ROTC in January, 2013.

Shane Kigin '16 during a military execise
Shane Kigin ’16 is a helicopter pilot for the US Navy

What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster?: Establishing a firm foundation in basic financial language and practices, including accounting, finance, economics, and statistical analysis.

What lead you to pursue an MBA?: Faced with decreasing budgets and a “do-more-with-less” mindset from our congressional financiers, the US Navy needs men and women with sound financial understanding. Given that my profession operates in a “move up or move out” promotion system, an MBA will hopefully help me promote within my organization and serve the nation and its Navy in the best way possible.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster?: I CAN trust other people — the teamwork-centric approach to learning at Foster was daunting, as we’ve all had bad luck with teams in the past… but it turns out our teams are pretty awesome and we produce high-quality products.

Summer Plans?: Between working a full time job and taking an extra MBA class this past quarter, I haven’t been this excited for summer since I was a kid! I’ll still be working, but plan to enjoy plenty of free evenings and weekends of Seattle’s beautiful summer weather. We’ll also head out of town once or twice to introduce our seven-month-old son Oliver to his extended family and to the world.

Shane Kigin '16 during a military operation
Shane Kigin ’16 during a military operation

 

Student Spotlight: Sumit Pahwa ’16

Sumit Pahwa, Evening MBA Class of 2016
Sumit Pahwa, Evening MBA Class of 2016

Age: 31

Graduation Year: 2016

Profession: Program manager

What has been your most valuable academic experience at Foster?
Learning the immediately and practically applicable tools in the Stats class

How are you involved with Foster outside of the classroom?

  • Participated in the winter 2014 case competition – a great experience and excellent way to connect with fellow students.
  • Weekly happy hour. Great way to blow off some steam while getting to know classmates outside of the classroom
  • Upcoming C4C weekend at Stanford

What lead you to pursue an MBA?
Seeking the ability to view the holistic world of business forces at work in an organization so as to be able to better leverage the focused skills developed during the last few years of my career.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned at Foster?
*Everyone* has something valuable that they bring to the table. The better we get at recognizing the value of people’s experiences, the more effective we all will get at achieving success.