David Lindsey '09 attended Montclair State University from 2005-2009 where he received a B.A. in Economics. David’s work experience in the field of economics landed him a job at Google where he is currently a Global Compliance Program Manager.
At first David did not know what his future career would entail. He came into Montclair State with an open mind about how his learnings would be applied later on in life. It was at his time at Montclair State where he discovered his passion for economics. Instead of focusing on only one aspect of his major he developed a diverse, abstract skill set that could be applied to an infinite number of situations in the future to find an optimal solution. It was Montclair State University that helped mold the platform that allowed David to excel.
Some of David’s fondest memories involved meeting all the talented people at the University and the memories he created with them. Looking back, David understands the influence these people had and states, “I developed some amazing friendships with people who helped me greatly improve my communication skills and develop my emotional intelligence.” David still connects with some of these people and will be attending a wedding of one of the first friends he made during freshmen year in Bohn Hall.
During his time at Montclair State, David encountered many professors that influenced him, but it was Drs. Ahmet Baytas and Farahmand Rezvani in the Economics field that stood out. Dr. Rezvani introduced David to a data analysis and statistical software tool that is similar to the advanced systems he uses in his daily work at Google. These systems and softwares he learned at Montclair State are highly prized skills that easily translate into the real world. It was Dr. Baytas who helped David learn to apply economic theory in practical real world scenarios which at Google he is always applying international trade theory and policy to real world operations.
David offers advice to current students and states, “Adopt a growth mindset and truly believe that anything you apply yourself to will improve with practice.” He connects his advice to public speaking. No one likes public speaking but if you focus on developing that skill, imagine how valuable you'll be being the only person comfortable with it.” In addition, he adds, “talk less and listen more. Learn more and conclude less.”
Currently, David is working on highly confidential projects at Google but the one project he can discuss is Project Loon. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide. More than half of the world's population is still without Internet access, and this project has the goal of providing internet to Google's next billion users.