webDavid Choi

David Choi

Class of 2010

IEOR B.S. 1989 & M.S. 1990

Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship Center
Loyola Marymount University

What did you do after graduating from Cal?
I first worked for an Operations Research consulting firm called Decision Focus. Then, after my Ph.D. in Management from UCLA, I worked for The Boston Consulting Group. Around this time, I started getting involved in entrepreneurial situations in foods, biotechnology, software, and financial services, etc.

Who is your hero and why?
I was incredibly fortunate to have great parents, foster parents, teachers, professors (including some at Cal), and mentors. They areall my heroes.

What was the most important thing you learned while studying at Cal?
Critical thinking and listening to the alternative view. Also, the importance of steady hard work.

Do you have any advice for current IEOR students?
Be proud of being a Bear! Don't be afraid to approach and bother professors. Make sure to get a lot of good internships.