MELISSA HOFFBAUER
University of Notre Dame
Graduate Student - Chemistry
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As an undergraduate student, Melissa Hoffbauer realized she loved trying to figure out unanswered questions. With that, Hoffbauer decided to pursue a PhD in Chemistry at Notre Dame University. Years into her PhD program, Hoffbauer started to miss being around people – human interaction was not something that Hoffbauer could always count on with Chemistry. Soon after discovering that she might want to explore other industries, Hoffbauer came across consulting. Taking into account her love of problem solving and the desirability for more PhD’s in the consulting industry, Hoffbauer decided to give it a try. Hoffbauer got involved with the industry through working on a project with ProMazo. She loved it, crushed it, and became project manager on her second engagement. From there, Hoffbauer proceeded to pioneer a consulting organization at Notre Dame specifically geared towards graduate students. In addition to working on her PhD, leading projects through ProMazo, and running her newly founded organization, Hoffbauer was accepted into an extremely competitive consulting training program at BCG. Ultimately, she did not end up getting an offer from BCG –  however, she proceeded to get an offer from every other consulting company that she applied to. Hoffbauer recently completed her PhD and accepted a senior consultant position at Navigant.