Brandon Nagy, ’18: Applied Statistics and Data Analytics
Brandon Nagy has always liked the exacting nature of math.
“I’m a numbers guy,” Nagy said. “There’s something calming about it for me to see numbers and find mistakes and solve a problem.”
Nagy’s deep interests in finance and technology drove him to study applied statistics and data analytics. Immediately after graduation he began work fulltime for Boeing, following a year-long internship.
“It’s a great company and a great opportunity,” Nagy says.
During his Boeing internship, Nagy worked as a pricing and estimating specialist, which involves coming up with prices for government customers of Boeing’s Phantom Works division of emerging technologies. His new pursuit is a four-and-a-half-year commitment that rotates him through a series of different finance positions.
That experience taught me to approach different situations with a mindset of, ‘Is this high-level material or do I really need to slow down?’ I already understand it, but I want them to understand it. It gave me good judgment.
It will take him into the familiar territory of pricing and estimating as well as the more relationships-based realm of contracts.
“In contracts, you deal more with the customer and negotiations,” Nagy says. “You’re actually the one who does the final handshake.”
In this one-on-one position, Nagy will draw on his two years of tutoring other Maryville students.
“That experience taught me to approach different situations with a mindset of, ‘Is this high-level material or do I really need to slow down?’ I already understand it, but I want them to understand it,” Nagy says. “It gave me good judgment.”
When the Boeing rotation is completed, Nagy hopes to return to a role that makes use of his aptitude for numbers.
“My degree is more technical than financial, but I’ve always had an interest in the bigger picture: How does the business actually operate?” Nagy says.