UMass Lowell alumni help feed Dell's employee supply chain
A year ago, with résumés in hand, Mai Pham and Nabil Saleh attended the Manning School of Business’ inaugural “Dell Day,” hoping to line up jobs with information technology company Dell Technologies after their spring 2018 graduations.
Pham and Saleh are back on campus this fall, only this time as Dell employees helping to recruit UMass Lowell students for internships, co-op jobs and eventual full-time positions.
“It’s exciting to work for a great company, and that’s why I came here: To encourage UMass Lowell students to apply, because Dell is looking for UMass Lowell students,” Saleh said from behind the company’s information table in the Pulichino Tong Business Center’s Colella Atrium, where he and Pham answered questions and offered their insights on careers in supply chain operations.
The visit was a warm-up for the following week’s “Dell Day,” an event hosted by the Manning School and Career Services at which students can learn more about the company’s supply chain development program. Pham and Saleh also hope to represent the company at the Fall Career Fair, scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Tsongas Center.
“I appreciate what UMass Lowell gave to me, so it’s great to be able to give back to the school,” said Pham, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (with a triple concentration in supply chain and operations management, management information systems and international business) in May.
A month later, she began her job as a data intelligence engineer at Dell’s Franklin location. Her boss, Director of Global Supply Chain Data and Analytics Joseph Collins, earned a degree in industrial management from UML in 1992.
“I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do,” said Pham, who supports internal teams with collecting and analyzing data, using different tools to help them make fact-based decisions to drive the performance of supply chain. “I really like the environment and work culture.””
As a junior, Pham worked as a supplier monitoring co-op at Wayfair in Boston, a position she landed through the university’s Professional Co-op Program. (One of her fellow Wayfair co-ops, Joshua Bedard, now works as a global fulfillment logistics analyst for Dell in Austin, Texas.)
“That experience, along with the knowledge I got in school, gave me a lot of confidence,” said Pham, a native of Vietnam who advises students to “take initiative and not hesitate to ask questions, both in class and at work.”