Program Ambassadors

Would you like to speak with a current student in our graduate economics program?  Feel free to contact any of the program’s graduate student ambassadors to learn about their experience in the program. 


PhD Ambassadors

Mike Jones 

Mike Jones is a fourth year doctoral student in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Tallahassee, Florida.  He has a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and undergraduate degrees in Food and Resource Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida.  Currently working through NC State's Center for Genetic Engineering and Society, Mike's interests include post-harvest crop management and how new forms of biotechnology may impact agricultural production and markets.  His past research has led to collaborations in South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.  After graduation he hopes to enter academia or work internationally through institutions dedicated to agricultural or economic development.

Zhongyuan You 

Zhongyuan You is a third year PhD student from Shanghai, China. He has a BA degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Sichuan, China. His research interests are empirical Macroeconomics, especially about forecasting GDP growth and inflation. He is currently working on a project applying unobserved components stochastic volatility model to China's inflation data, which may produce a better forecast than the traditional Bayesian vector autoregression model. In addition, he is working as an independent instructor for EC 205 Fundamentals of Economics. After graduation, he hopes to find a job in  Academia or in a research institution.

Masters Ambassadors

Zack Small

Zack Small is a second year student in the Master's program from Greensboro, NC. I received my B.S. in Economics from NC State University, during which I was enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program. I plan to graduate by Spring 2018. My work experience is in the financial services industry. I have worked during the past two summers at Bank of America doing risk management and analysis within the Country Risk and Markets spaces. Locally, in Raleigh, I also provide GIS assistance to the local Habitat for Humanity of Wake County chapter. My economic interests include international economics and econometrics. After graduating, I plan to pursue further education, continue my career in financial services, or pursue a career in business analytics.