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Linwood Watkins III BS'11

Linwood Watkins III: Consultant, Hitachi Consulting

Chicago, IL

“The Information Process Management major gives you a good understanding of technology and how it is used in business.”

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A native of Indianapolis, Watkins was attracted to the Kelley School of Business because of its name and prestige. After he was admitted, he chose a major in Information Process Management because of his love for computers and deep interest in how technology affects business.

“This major gives you a good understanding of technology and how it is used in business,” said Watkins.

He was also awarded the Cox Research Scholarship because of his impressive academic and professional background, which included a job as an assistant in the technology department of Westview Hospital in Indianapolis. As a Cox scholar, Watkins works under the direction of a faculty mentor, Vijay Khatri, on research and scholarly activities.

Watkins started out with independent research in his first year, and has slowly graduated to helping out doctoral candidate Binny Samuel with research in Unified Modeling Language, which is a standardized language in the business of software engineering.

“I’ve been to conferences where Binny has presented papers. It is really valuable experience that not many are able to get,” said Watkins.

Spending 14 weeks at the Connecticut-based company gave Watkins an opportunity to learn about the varied technologies being used by this one organization.

“The internship was great, and I gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience,” he said.

After graduation, Watkins plans to enter the one-year Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree program at Kelley, which he believes will strengthen his focus and marketability.  

In the meantime, Watkins is focused on gaining additional professional experience. He looks forwards as he searches for his next internship opportunity.

Published April 15, 2011