Featured Students and Alumni
Tanner Fordham graduated K-State in May of 2015 with a Degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. He began his PhD in Economics at the University of California, Irvine in the fall of 2015. He plans to be a professor when he is finished, with his main research interests currently being poverty economics and applied econometrics. His recommendations for incoming majors include computer science and programming coursework, along with the econometrics series. He also recommends a strong math focus for anyone interested in economics graduate study.
Jim Mosimann graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Political Science. After K-State, Jim graduated from law school at the University of Iowa and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a judge advocate. Currently a lieutenant, Jim is serving as the deputy command judge advocate on board USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier homeported in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to his current assignment, Jim litigated cases in Pensacola, Florida. At K-State Jim was involved with Mortar Board, Student Foundation, and the Student Governing Association. He remembers most fondly the Economics faculty’s talent for using the concepts discussed inside the classroom to teach lessons not only about economics, but about how the real world works. Those lessons still guide him at sea today.
Gavin Koester graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics in December of 2013. After interning in Washington D.C. with the Koch Institute, he interned in Wichita with Koch Fertilizer before starting full time as a Market Analyst at Koch. He works as an economist, tasked with understanding the supply and demand fundamentals and calling forward prices in the global fertilizer markets. Gavin suggests students take courses in the econometrics sequence, any class with Dr. Kuester, and take an active role in the Economics Club.
Lisa Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Kansas State University in 2009. After earning her Master of Science degree in Economics in 2011 from Texas A&M University, she joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as a Research Associate. In this position, she supports the economists at the Bank in their economic research and monetary policy work.
Todd Zeller graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in December 2007 and with Master's degree in May 2009. While studying at K-State, he was an active member of the Economics Club, and he was the winner of the John Delehanty Memorial Scholarship in 2007 in recognition for academic excellence, intellectual integrity, and commitment to social justice. He currently resides in Wichita where he has been working for the U.S. Social Security Administration as a Social Insurance Specialist since 2009. Studying economics provided him with problem solving skills he uses on a daily basis, and he enjoys applying economic theory to various topics. Several of his memorable experiences include Dr. Turner's Public Finance class, reading Freakonomics, and the Econ Club's visit to Koch Industries.
Kevin McBeth graduated magna cum laude in economics, math, and statistics in May, 2007. After graduation, Kevin joined the Actuarial Leadership Development Program (ALDP) at Travelers Insurance in St. Paul, MN, where he held roles in Bond & Financial Products Predictive Modeling and Oil & Gas - Actuarial. Upon completion of the ALDP, he became an Associate Actuary in Business Insurance Shared Actuarial, where he used SAS and Excel to implement models of business insurance to estimate unpaid claims. Recently, Kevin moved to the Personal Insurance Research & Development team to help build heavy duty statistical models for personal auto and home insurance. He highly recommends that economic students take any class taught by Dennis Weisman. Professor Weisman’s soft socratic teaching style and industry experience are immensely helpful in developing critical thinking skills.
Christina Forsberg graduated in May 2008. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. where she completed her master's in economics at George Mason University during a 2-year fellowship with the Mercatus Center. Upon graduation in May 2010, she began work as an economist with the Joint Economic Committee for the U.S. Congress. She is grateful for the solid base in economics education from K-State that prepared her for further academic pursuits and current position. In addition, the Economics Club provided even more opportunities to explore the truly diverse applications of an education in economics.
Katie Gustafson graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Economics and International Studies, with a minor in French and a certificate in International Business. Katie is currently in her third and final year at William & Mary Law School, where she is focusing her studies on business and international law. While in law school, Katie interned at several law firms, as well as Ernst & Young's Transfer Pricing group. She also spent a summer working for Judge Jane A. Restani on the United States Court of International Trade. Early in 2015 she will be published in the Volume 6 of the William & Mary Business Law Review for her article entitled "Boosting the Private Space Industry: Extending NASA's Duty-Free Import Exemption to Commercial Space Companies." After earning her J.D. in 2015, Katie will be joining the Global Trade practice at Ernst & Young, where she will work with businesses to plan and manage their cross border transactions. Katie is thankful for the strong foundation in economics that she received at K-State and believes that foundation will continue to be essential in her professional career. She recommends taking diverse economics electives, studying abroad, and actively participating in the Economics Club.
Jared Konczal graduated summa cum laude in May 2009 from K-State with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Leadership Studies. He currently lives in Kansas City, where he has worked for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a research analyst in the Foundation's Research and Policy department since summer 2009. Having a general background in economics, particularly having taken courses dealing with econometrics, public policy, and finance, is necessary for the research assistance he provides. He especially enjoyed and recommends Dr. Weisman's Industrial Organization class and Dr. Turner's course in Public Finance. He is grateful to K-State and the economics department for their flexibility in dealing with his course schedule during his senior year, allowing him to serve as an intern at the Kauffman Foundation during the school year, which lead to his current position.
Andy Brownback graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics. He now lives in San Diego, California where he is in his second year of the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include game theory, behavioral economics, and international economics. After this year, he will begin full-time work writing his dissertation in the hopes of securing an academic position after he graduates. Andy is grateful for the tools that he learned in both the economics and mathematics departments at K-State. Additionally, he believes that experiencing quality instruction at K-State has helped him immensely as he teaches undergraduate microeconomics.
Sarah Brink graduated in May 2011 from K-State with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Chinese. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she works as a transfer pricing analyst at Wright Economics. She loves working in a field where her economics background is such an asset. Sarah believes having taken econometrics and statistics at K-State were instrumental in securing her position and she has found that, in her day-to-day work, she utilizes many of the concepts taught in these and other K-State economics classes. While at K-State, Sarah especially enjoyed Dr. Weisman’s Industrial Organization class, Senior Seminar with Dr. Thomas, and participating in the Economics Department’s Econ Club.
Ben Mooneyham graduated in December 2008. He and his wife (and brand new daughter) currently live in Chicago, where Ben attends The University of Chicago Law School (Class of 2012). In addition to his classwork, Ben is the Business and Communications Editor on the managing board of The University of Chicago Law Review. During the summer of 2011 he worked at Reed Smith LLP in Chicago. Ben really appreciates his economics education at K-State, not only because Professor Weisman and others convinced him to apply to law school, but also because The University of Chicago is a place where "law and economics" is taken very seriously.