Congratulate Timothy Holandez for winning the Sunstone Innovation Challenge

Congratulate Timothy Holandez for winning the Sunstone Innovation Challenge

Timothy Holandez photoHow does it feel to win the Sunstone Innovation Challenge?

I felt very excited when Vitalink was announced as the winner, it was a tough competition and the other teams were great in a lot of areas. I also felt a strong sense of validation because the first time I pitched the idea some people thought that I was a bit crazy, it took a while to flesh out the idea.

What was your Business proposal about?

My business proposal was a Biotech company that develops and sells electronic caffeine patches. These patches are designed to be combined with smartwatches and can be used to replace morning alarms and help users stay productive. 

How did you come up with this business idea?

The idea came from a technique called the caffeine nap where you drink coffee right before a nap to prevent over napping and wake up refreshed. I loved doing the technique but it was limited to short naps, not overnight sleeping. I wanted to use the technique as a morning alarm, so I started building and developing a device that had no time limitations. In short, I was scratching my own itch.

Why did you decide to present your business idea?

Originally, I was developing the product for personal use since I struggle to wake up in the morning. It became apparent that the project was too expensive to keep self-funding and a lot of people I knew had my problem so I decided to present the idea. 

Would you recommend other students to participate in this competition?

I highly recommend other students to participate in the Innovation Challenge especially if you’re interested in business, startups, or the show Shark Tank. Besides the learning experience, I met many like-minded people and received a lot of feedback about my idea. The network you build during the challenge is very helpful if your serious about doing any startup.

What are your plans now after you have won the competition?

Vitalink is an expensive startup, and I am still going to need much more funding to launch. At the moment I am considering SBIR funding, grants, Accelerators, and private investment to keep development going before the prize money runs out. The win gave me a big boost as I can grab utility patents and build a more developed prototype when I talk to future funding sources.  

 

Congratulate Elena Kotanchyan on her 1st Place Win!

Meet Elena the 2021 CSULB Research Competition 1st Place Winner for the Business, Economics, and Public Administration Division. 

 

How does it feel to win 1st place in your division at the CSULB Research Competition? 

I am a very competitive person, so it always feels good to win. I have never won any “smart” contests, only athletics ones. Finally, can prove that athletes are smart. 🙂

 

 

Why did you decide to participate in the competition?

I defended my Econ thesis this past December and already had research ready to be submitted. The application process and requirements were easy to follow, and it was not time-consuming.  

Did you enjoy presenting your research?

It was a very unusual format. I had to record the video and upload it on YouTube. The referees watched it and read my research summary beforehand. Then during the presentation over zoom my video was played once again. I guess the most “presenting” I have done was answering questions. I enjoyed it a lot. I was afraid that Econ research might get too technical, but I was asked very specific and interesting questions about my model specification and control variables. After thesis defense in December, it was a piece of cake. 

Would you recommend other students to participate in the CSULB Research Competition? 

Absolutely! Especially if they already have a research paper or working on one. The guidelines are very easy to follow. All deadlines and important information are clearly communicated over email. It is always nice to show off months’ worth of work, and who knows maybe you can win! 

If you would like to watch Elena’s full presentation please click here. 

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Agenda

December 9, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

AGENDA

  • Welcome (prerecorded)
    World-class real estate developers are taking bets on Long Beach, and those bets keep
    paying off as other in-the-know investors take note and put their money on Long Beach’s
    future.
  • Mayor Robert Garcia
    Who’s Shaping Long Beach’s Skyline (prerecorded)
    Corporate headquarters, big businesses and major developments attract more of the same,
    creating a real estate ecosystem that fuels itself and capitalizes on Long Beach being a
    unique investment opportunity on an urban waterfront. Recently completed projects, as
    well as an influx of corporate headquarters, are attracting exciting startups, allowing
    existing businesses to expand, and putting Long Beach on the map for more future
    development from big investors. We take a look at the visionary developers who took a big
    bet on Long Beach — and have seen it pay off.
  • Ryan Altoon, Anderson Pacific
  • Regional Economic Picture: Robert Kleinhenz, Ph.D. (Live)
    Cal State University, Long Beach economist Robert Kleinhenz will share valuable insight on
    the economic recovery in Long Beach and on the national level.
    Breaking Ground: What’s on the Horizon for Long Beach (prerecorded)
    Long Beach’s landscape is rapidly changing. There are more developments breaking ground
    now than we’ve seen in decades, and those developments are translating to more jobs and a
    higher quality of life for residents who are shaping the future of Long Beach.
  • Local Economic Picture: Seiji Steimetz, Ph.D. (live)
    Chair of the Cal State University, Long Beach Department of Economics, Seiji Steimetz, will
    discuss Long Beach’s economic picture, including employment data and how the real estate
    sector is creating new jobs and opportunities locally.
  • Business-Friendly Initiatives (pre-recorded)
    Long Beach leaders understand that local government can pave the way or block the road
    for new development. Because of that, Long Beach strives to be business friendly, and it has
    been recognized for its efforts to capitalize on attracting investors to this dynamic city.
  • John Keisler, Director of Economic Development
    Live Q&A with real estate experts, moderated by Long Beach Business Journal Editor Hayley
    Munguia to follow.
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1250 Bellflower Blvd. MS-4607
Long Beach, CA 90840-4607

Back to The Office of Economic Research

 

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Agenda

December 9, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

AGENDA

  • Welcome (prerecorded)
    World-class real estate developers are taking bets on Long Beach, and those bets keep
    paying off as other in-the-know investors take note and put their money on Long Beach’s
    future.
  • Mayor Robert Garcia
    Who’s Shaping Long Beach’s Skyline (prerecorded)
    Corporate headquarters, big businesses and major developments attract more of the same,
    creating a real estate ecosystem that fuels itself and capitalizes on Long Beach being a
    unique investment opportunity on an urban waterfront. Recently completed projects, as
    well as an influx of corporate headquarters, are attracting exciting startups, allowing
    existing businesses to expand, and putting Long Beach on the map for more future
    development from big investors. We take a look at the visionary developers who took a big
    bet on Long Beach — and have seen it pay off.
  • Ryan Altoon, Anderson Pacific
  • Regional Economic Picture: Robert Kleinhenz, Ph.D. (Live)
    Cal State University, Long Beach economist Robert Kleinhenz will share valuable insight on
    the economic recovery in Long Beach and on the national level.
    Breaking Ground: What’s on the Horizon for Long Beach (prerecorded)
    Long Beach’s landscape is rapidly changing. There are more developments breaking ground
    now than we’ve seen in decades, and those developments are translating to more jobs and a
    higher quality of life for residents who are shaping the future of Long Beach.
  • Local Economic Picture: Seiji Steimetz, Ph.D. (live)
    Chair of the Cal State University, Long Beach Department of Economics, Seiji Steimetz, will
    discuss Long Beach’s economic picture, including employment data and how the real estate
    sector is creating new jobs and opportunities locally.
  • Business-Friendly Initiatives (pre-recorded)
    Long Beach leaders understand that local government can pave the way or block the road
    for new development. Because of that, Long Beach strives to be business friendly, and it has
    been recognized for its efforts to capitalize on attracting investors to this dynamic city.
  • John Keisler, Director of Economic Development
    Live Q&A with real estate experts, moderated by Long Beach Business Journal Editor Hayley
    Munguia to follow.
Past Forums
Contact Us

For inquiries about the Regional Economic Forum and the Office of Economic Research, please contact the Department of Economics main office by:

562-985-5061 or ref@csulb.edu 

Mailing Address:

CSULB-Office of Economic Research
1250 Bellflower Blvd. MS-4607
Long Beach, CA 90840-4607

Back to The Office of Economic Research

 

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Spring 2021 Department Contacts and Information

Registration Questions 

If you have questions for the Department regarding registration please contact the department by emailing any of the following emails. Or you can schedule an appointment with the department staff on Setmore

  • Econ@csulb.edu
  • Kira.hall@csulb.edu
  • Nicole.torres@csulb.edu

Spring 2021 Faculty Office Hours

Jennifer Bailly

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Monday/Wednesday 11:30 AM -12:30 PM
  • Office Hour Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 859-8246-2908

If you have any questions email me at jennifer.bailly@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Yutian "Kate " Chen

Fall 2021 Office Hours

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
  • Tuesdays: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Office Hour Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 741-530-3700

If you have any questions email me at yutian.chen@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Parinaz Ezzati

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

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Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Edward Funkhouser

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Lisa Grobar

Fall 2021 Office Hours

  • Dr. Grobar is on leave for the Fall semester and will not host any office hours. 

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Nando Guerra

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

If you have any questions email me at nando.guerra@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/23/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Andre Harrison

Fall 2021 Office Hours  

  • Econ 100 Office Hours

 

  • Econ 311 Office Hours 
    • Tuesdays 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
    • Also available by appointment and via email 
    • Office Hour Zoom Link 
    • Meeting ID: 891-5317-3737

If you have any questions email me at andre.harrison@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Jack Hou

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

Office hours this semester is going to be via email, email your questions to jack.hou@csulb.edu. Please expect a response within 24 hours of your email.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Robert Kleinhenz

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Econ 300 Office Hours
  • Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM and by Appointment
  • To schedule an appointment email robert.kleinhenz@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 834-5560-4169

 

  • Econ 437 Office Hours
  • Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM and by appointment
  • To schedule an appointment email robert.kleinhenz@csulb.edu
  • Office Hours Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 816-4273-8467

If you have any questions email me at robert.kleinhenz@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/23/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Shirin Lakpour

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Econ 300- Section 01 Office Hours
    • Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Also available by appointment and via email
    • Meeting ID: 937-5376-3749
    • Password: 300s1
  • Econ 300- Section 02 Office Hours
    • Wednesdays 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
    • Also available by appointment and via email
    • Meeting ID: 937-5376-3749
    • Password: Lakpour
  • Econ 300- Section 05 Office Hours
    • Thursdays 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
    • Also available by appointment and via email 
    • Meeting ID: 826-8204-1111
    • Password: Lakpour
  • Econ 311-Section 04 Office Hours
    • Wednesday 2:45 PM -3:45 PM
    • Also available by appointment and via email 
    • Meeting ID: 932-9759-2869
    • Password: Lakpour

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

 

 

Xuemei Liu

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
  • Office Hour Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 847-3322-2684

If you any questions email me at xuemei.liu@csulb.edu

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Dede Long

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Econ 101 & Econ 306 Office Hours
    • Tuesdays 8:45 PM -10:45 PM
    • Office Hour Zoom Link 
    • Meeting ID: 823-0328-6539

If you have any questions email me at dede.long@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/23/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Wade Martin

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

Office hours are by appointment only, email appointment inquiries to wade.martin@csulb.edu.

Andrea Mays Griffith

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

If you have any questions email me at andrea.mays@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/23/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Mariya Mileva

Fall 2021 Office Hours

  • Econ 670 Office Hours
  • Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Office Hours Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 885-0964-1590

 

  • Econ 100 Office Hours 
  • Wednesdays 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
  • Office Hours Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 880-7062-8080

 

  • Econ 411/511 Office Hours 
  • Wednesdays 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
  • Office Hours Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 833-6021-7930

 

  • Graduate Advising Office Hours
  • Wednesdays 12:00 PM -1:00 PM and by appointment
  • Please contact me at mariya.mileva@csulb.edu  to schedule an appointment. 
  • Office Hours Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 854-0868-8408

If you have any questions email me at mariya.mileva@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Gigi Moreno

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Wednesday 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
  • Office Hour Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 826-0281-6782

If you have any questions email me at gigi.moreno@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Herman Singh

Fall 2021 Office Hours

  • Econ 300- Office Hours
  • Econ 320- Office hours
  • Econ 380- Section 01 Office hours
  • Econ 380- Section 02 Office hours

If you have any questions email me at herman.singh@csulb.edu

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Seiji Steimetz

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Econ 585 Office Hours
  • Thursdays 6:00 PM -7:00 PM
  • Office Hours Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 859-8279-9562

 

If you have any questions email me at seiji.steimetz@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Steve Yamarik

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 PM -3:00 PM
  • Monday and Wednesdays 4:45 PM -5:30 PM
  • Also available daily by email
  • Meeting ID: 869-6115-3247

If you have any questions email me at steve.yamarik@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/23/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

Guy Yamashiro

Fall 2021 Office Hours 

  • Office Hours
  • Monday/Wednesday 9:30 AM -11:00 AM
  • Office Hours Zoom Link 

If you have any questions email me at guy.yamashiro@csulb.edu.

Last updated on 8/20/2021 please consult the syllabus for any changes.

TA - Jason Millet

Fall 2020 Office Hours 

 

Office hours are by appointment. Please email appointment inquiries to Jason.Millett@student.csulb.edu 

TA - Tien Nguyen

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

TA - Valerie Rivera

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

TA - Elena Kotanchyan

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

Office hours are by appointment. Please email appointment inquiries to Elena.Kotanchyan01@student.csulb.edu

TA - Megan Anaya

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

Office hours are by appointment. Please email appointment inquiries to megan.anaya@student.csulb.edu

TA - Annika Segelhorst

Spring 2021 Office Hours 

 

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Agenda

December 9, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

AGENDA

  • Welcome (prerecorded)
    World-class real estate developers are taking bets on Long Beach, and those bets keep
    paying off as other in-the-know investors take note and put their money on Long Beach’s
    future.
  • Mayor Robert Garcia
    Who’s Shaping Long Beach’s Skyline (prerecorded)
    Corporate headquarters, big businesses and major developments attract more of the same,
    creating a real estate ecosystem that fuels itself and capitalizes on Long Beach being a
    unique investment opportunity on an urban waterfront. Recently completed projects, as
    well as an influx of corporate headquarters, are attracting exciting startups, allowing
    existing businesses to expand, and putting Long Beach on the map for more future
    development from big investors. We take a look at the visionary developers who took a big
    bet on Long Beach — and have seen it pay off.
  • Ryan Altoon, Anderson Pacific
  • Regional Economic Picture: Robert Kleinhenz, Ph.D. (Live)
    Cal State University, Long Beach economist Robert Kleinhenz will share valuable insight on
    the economic recovery in Long Beach and on the national level.
    Breaking Ground: What’s on the Horizon for Long Beach (prerecorded)
    Long Beach’s landscape is rapidly changing. There are more developments breaking ground
    now than we’ve seen in decades, and those developments are translating to more jobs and a
    higher quality of life for residents who are shaping the future of Long Beach.
  • Local Economic Picture: Seiji Steimetz, Ph.D. (live)
    Chair of the Cal State University, Long Beach Department of Economics, Seiji Steimetz, will
    discuss Long Beach’s economic picture, including employment data and how the real estate
    sector is creating new jobs and opportunities locally.
  • Business-Friendly Initiatives (pre-recorded)
    Long Beach leaders understand that local government can pave the way or block the road
    for new development. Because of that, Long Beach strives to be business friendly, and it has
    been recognized for its efforts to capitalize on attracting investors to this dynamic city.
  • John Keisler, Director of Economic Development
    Live Q&A with real estate experts, moderated by Long Beach Business Journal Editor Hayley
    Munguia to follow.
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Contact Us

For inquiries about the Regional Economic Forum and the Office of Economic Research, please contact the Department of Economics main office by:

562-985-5061 or ref@csulb.edu 

Mailing Address:

CSULB-Office of Economic Research
1250 Bellflower Blvd. MS-4607
Long Beach, CA 90840-4607

Back to The Office of Economic Research

 

Economics Student Celebration 2019-2020

On behalf of  all Department of Economics faculty and staff, we want to wish the Class of 2019 and 2020 congratulations! 

We would like to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of  the economics students below. Additional recognition will be given during the 2019-2020 Economics Student Celebration via Zoom on May 15, 2020.

Economic Student Association (ESA)

Fall 2020 ESA Officers

President: Timothy Nguyen
Vice President: Robyn Garces
Treasurer: Joseph Leas
Secretary: Jenny Benitez
PR: Traci Takigawa
CLASC Rep: Annika Seglehorst
Outreach: Lucia Rios

Spring 2020 ESA Officers

President: James Man
Vice President: Timothy Nguyen
Treasurer: Joseph Leas
Secretary: Robyn Garces
PR: Traci Takigawa
CLASC Rep: Jose Zinkewich
Outreach: Shirley Sanchez & Blake Hannagan

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)

2019 - 2020 Initiates

Robyn Ashley Cartagena Garces
Diana V Guzman Gonzalez
Tanner Francis Kane
Tien Nguyen

College of Liberal Arts Awardees

CLA Exceptional Students

Graduating seniors in Economics who have maintained an overall GPA of 3.75 or higher their entire CSULB career.

Marcos Celis, Business Economics BA
Nancy So Chung, Business Economics BA
Juliette Sophie Flaton, Business Economics BA
Dylan Matthew Gois, Business Economics BA
Justin Nguyen, Business Economics BA
Aubree Lauren Dodd ,Economics BA
James Chris Man, Economics BA
Sotiris Markitanis, Economics BA
Tien Nguyen, Economics BA
Jackson Edward Foss, Math Econ & Econ Theory BA
Blake S Hannagan, Math Econ & Econ Theory BA

Nominee for Outstanding Baccalaureate

Annika Segalhorst 

2020-2021 Economics Scholarships

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Department awards $13,800 in Department Scholarships.

Jenny Benitez, Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship $2,500

Jireh Deng, Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship $2,500

Melissa Favorite, Powell Scholarship $1,500

Sung Joo Ahn, Powell Scholarship $1,500

Doris Woods, Gene R. Simonson Scholarship $1,200

Mateo Maya Gene R. Simonson Scholarship $1,200

Cristofer Lopez-Vargas, Settlemyer Family Scholarship $900
                                            Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship $300

Jacob Marines, Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship $1,100

Mawish Rahman, Ray & Marge Lancaster Scholarship $1,100

Department Awardees

Erin Ochikubo, J. Richard Powell Award of Merit
                             CLA Distinguished Graduate Honors

Tien Nguyen, Wallace Atherton Memorial Award
                          CLA Distinguished Undergraduate Majoring in Econ

Breena Li, CLA Distinguished Graduate Honors

Nicholas H. Roy, CLA Distinguished Undergraduate Majoring in Math Econ

Juliette S. Flaton, Outstanding Undergraduate Majoring in Bus Econ

Harold Avelino, Outstanding Undergraduate Majoring in Bus Econ

Diana Guzman Gonzalez, Outstanding Undergraduate Majoring in Econ

Blake Hannagan, Outstanding Undergraduate Majoring in Math Econ

Jackson Edward Foss, Outstanding Undergraduate Majoring in Math Econ

Meet Nicholas Roy

Meet Nicholas Roy

Nicholas Roy's photoWhat is your year in school?

I am senior graduating at the end of this semester.

What is your major?

I am double majoring in Mathematical Economics and Applied Mathematics and a minor in Philosophy.


Have you taken advantage of any opportunities during your undergrad? If so, what?

In my sophomore year, I joined ESA and became President the next semester. It was a really great opportunity to take a leadership role and give back to our economics department which had done so much for my intellectual growth. The leadership experience also helped me when I became a Peer Mentor and Tutor for the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and when I organized a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s foundation.

I also took advantage of the fabulous graduate courses the economics and mathematics departments offer. Those really allowed me to get to know professors better, dive deeper into the material, and deepen my skill set and challenge myself.

Why did you decide to come to CSULB?

Initially, I was looking for a university that provided the most financial support and widest variety of majors. I didn’t have a set path in mind or much money to waste time figuring that out. Luckily at CSULB, I found a real passion for economics and quantitative decision making in general.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I know that eventually, I’d like to go to graduate school to deepen my theoretical understanding and strengthen my quantitative skillset. I do want to take a year or two beforehand to finish unfinished research projects and to potentially work at a research institution for a few years before applying to a Ph.D.

What is your favorite part of the department of economics?

The faculty in our department who really pushed me in the direction of gaining more quantitative skills and research experience. I wouldn’t even know the potential of quantitative social science if it wasn’t for faculty like Dr. Steimetz or Dr. Long pointing me in the right direction. The best part is that after pursuing those curiosities, you get to meet a lot of really interested, motivated, and like-minded people who challenge you and promote your personal growth.

What research have you done?

Last summer I was a Research Intern at an environmental economics think tank in Washington D.C. called Resources for the Future. There I did data cleaning and econometric modeling to look at energy efficiency in the trucking sector through the lens of principal-agent problems. Now I work as a Research Assistant at the Center for International Trade and Transportation where I continue to research the freight sector, this time looking at supply chain disruptions in port city drayage. I also did independent research in the graduate econometrics and research methods courses in our department on municipal solid waste production and California’s cap and trade policy.

Could you tell us more about the award you just received?

The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center Undergraduate Student of the Year award is an award given to two students across nine research universities in the pacific southwest region. I was one of the recipients this year for my research in environmental regulation and supply chain disruptions in the freight sector. I am presenting (remotely) the supply chain disruptions research at the CSU statewide research competition this month! It has already won at the CSULB student research competition so hopefully, it will win awards there too.

What advice would you give fellow students?

Two main pieces of advice:

If something sounds interesting or hard, go try it especially math, research, graduate classes, coding, etc.  There are so many things that five years ago sounded like magic to me and only because I was encouraged to try them did they become a part of my current skillset and worldview. Even if you never quite understand the material or concepts you’re exposed to, you’ll meet some bright and interesting people who do.

When things are difficult or challenging maintain a positive and optimistic attitude. If you follow the first piece of advice there are going to be a lot of hiccups, failures, and denials before you reach a point where you succeed. The only way to reach that point is by not letting the road bumps throw you too far (remain flexible) off course. I didn’t feel like I was doing anything right until my senior year but looking back there aren’t many decisions I would have made differently.

Is there anything else you would like the audience to know?

Focus on maximizing social utility, not private benefits, even if others well-being is not a high priority for you. I meet way too many econ majors obsessed with justifying their selfishness with rational self-interest and economic theory. That looks like it leads to a rat race to the bottom. The tools we learn in economics are going to help you succeed in life if you use them for cooperation and community instead of solely individual benefit. This can seem counter-intuitive, but it isn’t unreasonable considering that the wealthiest people in the world pledge to give 99% of their wealth away or invest in making humans a sustainable multiplanetary species.

Could you tell us more about the award you just received?

The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center Undergraduate Student of the Year award is an award given to two students across nine research universities in the pacific southwest region. I was one of the recipients this year for my research in environmental regulation and supply chain disruptions in the freight sector. I am presenting (remotely) the supply chain disruptions research at the CSU statewide research competition this month! It has already won at the CSULB student research competition so hopefully, it will win awards there too.