Steven Powell ’20

Steven Powell

BBA in Management Information Systems

EY; Dallas, TX
Risk Advisory Intern

Entered the MS-MIS 4+1 program at Texas A&M

What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M?  

Reed Rowdies – Officer

What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M?  

Easily my favorite class that I got to take during my time in the MIS program was Database Programming with Dr. Becker.  The class did a great job of connecting the knowledge I learned in the previous MIS classes with the new database information. The class was structured in a great way to be able to learn from both Dr. Becker and my classmates, along with having a great project at the end of the semester that showed us how the information we learned could be put into business applications.

What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took?  

The class I took at Texas A&M which I believe to have been the most beneficial to me was the Java programming class taught by Dr. Gomillion.  He tries to help everyone in the class advance to a new way of problem-solving using Java, and that is something that has truly benefited me.  The class is full of interesting projects that truly get you to think in a way you might not have had to do in the past, which I believe has greatly enhanced my problem-solving skills.

Describe your career and what led you to find your first professional job.  

I chose to advance my knowledge of MIS by joining the MS-MIS 4+1 program because of the many great things I’ve already learned in the undergraduate MIS courses.  The 4+1 program is going to allow me to go further in-depth on many of the undergrad classes that I loved, along with adding classes that teach many new and interesting topics.  After completing just two graduate-level MIS courses, I received an internship position with EY for Summer 2020.

Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students?  

My advice for current MIS students is that whenever you struggle with one of the many technical topics you learn, take a step back and try to understand the separate parts at a lower level.  If you can understand each small part of the code or process, you’ll be able to put the pieces together and truly understand how something works.  Learning topics in this way will lead you to a greater understanding of the topic, and will then allow you to use it more effectively in the future.