Project Management Professional (PMP)® Student Profiles:

Student Profile: Melicia Grant, PMP

Melicia Grant

I am an Information Technology and Services Professional with over five years’ experience executing and transforming projects in the Financial, Insurance and Education sectors. In my academic pursuits, I have acquired a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Computer-Based Management Information Systems. I was enticed to hold credentials from the Project Management Institute (PMI) after being exposed to the field while I pursued a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Shortly after finishing the Graduate certificate, I wrote the PMI CAPM exam and was successful. Subsequently obtaining enough hours and experience working on various projects, I met the requirements to sit the PMP exam. At that moment, the task of passing the exam the first time began. This task was successfully completed when I sat the exam in May 2016 and aced it.

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Student Profile: Julie Hanson, PMP


I am a Project Manager specializing in client-facing software implementations. I enjoy working with various people and drawing upon my PMP and MBA educational experiences to find the best way to seamlessly and effortlessly deploy our solutions. When custom work is required, I work with clients to define requirements and then work with internal software developers to come up with the best solutions we can offer. My work takes me to various parts of the US, typically to rural towns off of the beaten path. The best parts of my job are being able to help customers and meeting different people while seeing interesting parts of the country.

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Student Profile: Kent Bell, PMP

Kent Bell, PMPI'm a CVS Health Systems employee and ex-military. I have worked primarily on computer and avionics systems and projects related to these systems. I have taken many tests in my career thus far. I study hard, but I play hard too and it is important to enjoy your downtime.

I recommend PMP testers to study Network Diagramming and Formulas in their first week. Group and order the Formulas by topic (they will be easier to remember this way) and Saturate your mind with this information early and often. Know how to do Network Diagramming, know how to do forward pass, know how to do backward pass, and know how to calculate Critical Path. There are many excellent study resources/demos on this topic. Also; don't shy away from Formulas, embrace them.

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Student Profile: Ali E. Gocmen, PMP

Ali E. Gocmen

I am a 15+ years of internationally experienced construction project manager holding M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees. I have managed and completed power plant, industrial building, pipeline and cement plant projects. In fact, I had gotten my PMP designation years ago, when the content of PMBOK was less, however later I lost it because I didn’t report PDUs.

After moving to Canada this year, I decided to write the PMP exam and get PMP designation again.

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Student Profile: Sumi Sundaran, PMP

Sumi Sundaran, PMPI have a total experience of 9.5 years in the IT industry. I presently work as a 'Build Lead' with a peak team size of 70 in an IT firm called CapGemini for a well known European bank as my client. I have also managed several projects in the past as well while working with Tata Consultancy Services.

My recommendation for the PMP students would be to first cover all the Podcasts lessons in the order as suggested (L5-L13 followed by L4). I must say that all the difficult concepts were explained brilliantly with appropriate examples, which made my PMBOK Guide review a lot easier.

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Student Profile: Tongo Jude Akhagbue

Tongo Jude Akhagbue, PMPI am Tongo Jude Akhagbue, PMP, a Nigerian by birth and nationality. My 13 years work experience, has been great with opportunity to work with different multinational companies. Actually, my career started with Mantrac Nigeria, were I worked as a Service Engineer for about 3 years before moving to Unilever Nigeria PLC, a company that made me appreciate various household products. The last place I worked was Nigerian Breweries PLC, a subsidiary to Heineken, were i played the role of Engineering Manager. I am currently on a one year Master’s degree course at Kingston University London, United Kingdom.

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Student Profile: Rabea Hartmann, PMP

Rabea Hartmann, PMPI was born and grew up in Germany until I finished High School. After graduation, I came to the United States, Texas to be exact, on a tennis scholarship and attended Texas State University - San Marcos. There, I received a Bachelor Degree in International Studies with Business focus and a Master Degree in Communication Studies. Project Management and Process Development have not only been my passion, but mindset for years. Studying for the PMP exam allowed me to broaden my knowledge and provided me with career opportunities.

During the first week of my exam preparation, I read Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep Guide. This guide provided a great overview and insight of what PMI expected in the exam. Afterwards, I listened to all of the Podcasts.

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Student Profile: Adeola Adeyemi Samuel, PMP

Adeola Adeyemi Samuel PMPMy name is Adeola Adeyemi Samuel a Nigerian from west Africa. A graduate of Electrical & Electronics Engr. I worked as Interconnect Coordinator with MTN Nigeria (Contract) with past experience as Switch Engineer and as Core Network Engineer in telecom industry.

I will recommend to student preparing to write PMP exam to study PMBOK latest edition very well and PRACTICE as many PrepCast questions they lay on. Especially using Exam Simulator to provide good exam scenario will greatly help.

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Student Profile: Todd Gosserand, PMP

Todd Gosserand I am a Commodity Trading and Risk Management project manager and consultant in the Houston, TX Area.  With over 20 years of experience in the financial services, trading and system implementation industries.

I would recommend that the student focus follow the OSP study material as described when purchased.  The first week included reviewing webcasts, and that is exactly what I would do.

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Student Profile: Amit Wajat, PMP

Amit Wajat I am Software Test Engineer with over 8 years of experience.  I am responsible for managing daily Test artifacts which includes Planning, Scoping, Monitor and Control, Reporting, Communication, Managing Stakeholders and managing Risk for our client who is world leader in beverage industry in Atlanta, GA.

During the first week of anyone’s PMP journey I would recommend that they start out by watching the PM PrepCast videos in the initial order they are recommended, as this will help get an overview on PMP syllabus and how can you plan for your PMP exams. 

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Student Profile: Kazi Muniruddin Ahmed, PMP

Kazi Muniruddin Ahmed, PMP

I am an international Project management consultant specialized in mobile and fixed telecommunication network projects. I have been in this industry for the past 12+ years.  I have deployed 100m + USD projects in countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Benin. I have worked with companies like ZTE, Ericsson, Maxis, Telenore, Axiata, Vimplecom, Orange and MTN.

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Student Profile: Kingsley Akana, PMP

Kingsley Akana, PMP

My name is Kingsley Akana a Senior Planning Engineer based in Aberdeen UK, I have been working for Harkand for the last three years and I also hold a licence in PMI-SP & PMI-RMP.

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Student Profile: Thomas R. Rice, PMP, CSM, CSPO

Thomas R. Rice PMP CSM CSPO

I am a results-driven operations management executive accomplished in customer experience management, project management, and P&L management. With 10 years operations management experience at sister companies Total Transit and Veyo Logistics, I have a well-rounded background in operations including expertise in contact center management, public transportation, ADA compliance, Dial-a-Ride, HIPAA EDI, FWA, medical necessity, NEMT Medicaid State contracts, safety & contract compliance, agile & scrum, airport ground transportation, & transportation provider network development. Driver to director in 10 years - love what you do!

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Student Profile: Sudhakar Mokshagundam, PMP

Sudhakar Mokshagundam, PMP

I am an Engineer and a Management post graduate working for ABB India Limited as a Project Manager with an over all work experience of 23years in multiple field . I started my career with projects in Telecom sector, then moved to Steel Industry as a miantenace professional, and then into engineering in a german firm as Engineer lead for the projects and since 4.5 years with ABB India Limited as a project manager doing international projects involving teams from different nations with increased nature of complexity.

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Student Profile: Gretchen Napa Abogadil, PMP

Gretchen Napa Abogadil, PMP

My name is Gretchen Napa Abogadil. I work as a Project Manager for a consulting company leading projects for our customers. I started my career as a SAP technical consultant and eventually did lead work on SAP projects.

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Student Profile: Mark Chropufka, PMP

Mark Chropufka, PMP

I am currently an IT Academic Technology Manager at CUNY and have over twenty years of experience in the higher education industry.  Specifically, I have a passion for academic technology and have found the educational field to be very rewarding.  When I graduated Binghamton University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Management, I thought I would be working in the investment management field. However, a short term assignment at a local school district changed my entire career perspective and it was then I found my passion for educational technology.   Shortly after I began working at Pratt and thus began my current career in higher education.  I feel I learn something new everyday and pursued my MBA part-time while working at St. John's in 2001.

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Student Profile: Carlos Menjivar, PMP

carlos menjivar

I'm an Information Technology  professional with 20+ years of leadership, providing systems management, functional business operations, project and program management in major business areas such as: Retail operations, Services and support, Distribution, Marketing, Procurement, Contracting and Manufacturing. I've worked in prestigious organizations MGM, Guess Jeans, Discovery Channel and Currently at 511 Tactical.

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Student Profile: Praveen Chandra, PMP

Praveen Chandra

I am a senior project engineer/ program manager working in automotive industry with overall experience of around 12 years now. I have worked mainly for automotive tier 1 suppliers in product engineering and program management and that is where PMP is helping me now.

I am happily married for 6 years now and a father of a 4 year old boy. Studying for exam was slightly difficult for me with job, family and also because I am doing my MS in Engineering Management currently. But proper planning took me through.

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Student Profile: Sneha Sridhar, PMP

Sneha Sridhar

I have an Executive MBA from IIM –Calcutta and I hold a Bachelor 's Degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. I have 11.5 years of IT Experience in various product and service based companies such as Honeywell, HP, LG and Xchanging.

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