Mfon “Maurice” Ntekop
Master’s in Business Analytics ’19
Hometown: Uyo, Nigeria
Pre-Daniels Experience: Prior to starting my graduate degree at Daniels, I was an Executive Assistant at Zenith Bank Plc in Nigeria and a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Uyo in Nigeria.
Hobbies: I love to sing. I am a tenor in the Denver South Seventh-day Adventist Church Youth Choir. I also love to be out in nature.
What is it about the Daniels experience that really stands out for you?
I particularly enjoyed my statistics class and predictive analytics. Daniels classes are very interactive and it’s great to see quality interactions between students and professors. A majority of students in the program have industry experience, so they bring that knowledge and outside perspective to the classroom. The professors are very helpful – they genuinely want to help students succeed.
What is your favorite thing about living in Denver?
I love that even when it’s cold outside, there is still sun. I also like to go to the mountains and visit the hot springs.
Why did you want to pursue a graduate business degree?
Besides my interest in analytics, I look forward to owning a business someday. I concluded that obtaining an analytics degree with a business perspective would expose me to principles that govern the world of business, which will help me develop my entrepreneurial skills. I’ll also learn ways businesses can benefit from analytics.
Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate degree?
The curriculum, faculty profiles, professionalism of admission staff and a good word from a friend made me choose Daniels. Compared to other analytics programs I looked up, I felt that Daniels’ Master’s in Business Analytics curriculum was well structured and classes covered more topics.
Tell us about an “Ah-ha” moment where you put to use what you learned in the classroom.
Over the summer, I worked full-time as a research assistant at the University of Denver’s Pardee Center for International Futures. It was an exciting experience for me as my Python skills helped me wrangle, visualize and analyze big data. I’m also able to utilize my statistics, data mining and visualization skills at my current position as a graduate assistant in the Office of Graduate Education.