Thomas Boegel

What is the most challenging part of your job?
There was a time when my technical knowledge was the most important skill I brought to a job. Now it’s more project management and managing professional relationships. This is especially important when attempting to lead changes in organizational culture.

What was the most important thing you learned while studying at Cal?
I learned that I could be a college student again after having taken a break for about 5 years since getting my undergraduate degree. I learned good critical thinking skills and good learning habits.

Do you have any advice for current IEOR students?
Don’t just focus on your technical skills. Take a public speaking class and learn how to make a good presentation to an audience of people who are non-technical. You might not like group projects in classes, but life is a group project – learn how to lead them, and learn how to be led.

What is your favorite memory at Cal?
Going out on a Friday at 5 with classmates, enjoying a beverage or two, maybe a band, and enjoying Berkeley.