Outstanding Graduate, Fall 2023
Majd Nawara was drawn to his academic major because of its emphasis on versatile skills that can be applied to nearly all industries and types of business.
“I have always been intrigued by how large-scale operations and processes impact people. Industrial engineering is a way to examine trouble points and strategically deliver better results for everyone,” Nawara says. “It is fascinating how complex situations can be simplified through engineering techniques and a practical solution can be formulated.”
During his first year of college studies, he assisted with data collection and diagnostics for Esperança, a non-profit organization that donates medical equipment to impoverished communities. For his capstone project, Nawara worked for the city of Goodyear, Arizona, to improve its project management protocols.
An internship at Avnet gave him confidence that he made the right decision in choosing a profession. In that role, he helped identify improvement opportunities, such as restructuring the incentive system for warehouse workers. He also developed Power BI dashboards to track revenue and performance in the integration lab.
“I knew I was on the right track because I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom to make an impact in real-world situations,” Nawara says.
Most recently, he completed an internship with FTI Consulting in Houston, involving work on a large oil and gas refinery project.
Nawara credits Fulton Schools Professor Daniel McCarville and Teaching Professor Linda Chattin for much of his success at ASU.
“I learned a lot from them about what it takes to become an effective industrial engineer. Their vast experiences and insightful life lessons shaped me into a more well-rounded individual and their encouragement outside of the classroom gave me the confidence to pursue many opportunities,” Nawara says.
Having come to the U.S. as a refugee, Nawara says he is especially grateful for getting a college education and the opportunity to pursue a promising career.
“Without the assistance of Ira Fulton and many other generous donors, I would not have dreamt of reaching this point,” Nawara says. “I hope to one day give back to the community the blessings I have received.”
His next step will be pursuing a master’s degree in industrial engineering through the Fulton Schools accelerated degree program while working for Deloitte, a business consulting and services company.