Meet Laila El-Ashmawy

"I came to Mines for the IFP [Institut Français du Petrole] program. I was interested in pivoting away from engineering and doing something more business-oriented. Mines is a very well-respected institution, as is IFP, in the petroleum industry. The dual-degree program was exactly what I needed.

In fact, I just got a job offer a couple days ago! I’ll be doing energy statistics at the International Energy Agency in Paris, working with non-OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries, primarily in North Africa and the Middle East.

I’m a very social person and I’ve met some really great friends here. Moving away will be hard. But after studying at IFP, I have great connections in Paris, too."

Laila El-Ashmawy
Division of Economics and Business
Dual Degree MS, Mineral and Energy Economics, Petroleum Economics and Management
Class of 2016

“I love our department because I feel connected to a network of people who care about my success. Last year, I had an incredible mentor who was a graduating PhD student. She helped shape my feelings about what getting a PhD in economics means and the power and responsibility it gives me. This year, I found another great mentor who is honored and respected in our circle; he has smart things to contribute to virtually any discussion and takes the time to help me contribute also.

The mentorships and friendships I’ve found here at Mines are really incredible to me and I feel very lucky to have them. Starting out in a PhD program, there’s cause to be doubtful about whether your efforts will be meaningful and if they will translate into being able to produce findings that you care about. My mentors never doubt me; they respect and encourage me. As they themselves are contributing meaningful research, I can relax a bit and be confident that the process will pay off.”

Sadie Fulton
Division of Economics and Business
Mineral and Energy Economics PhD
Class of 2019

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