Matthew Zapalac

Professional MBA - Evening, Class of 2021

Hometown: Katy
Home State: Texas
Home Country: USA
Previous Institution & Degree: Texas A&M University, BS in Chemical Engineering

Pre-MBA Industry: Oil & Gas
Pre-MBA Company: Boardwalk Pipelines
Pre-MBA Title: Operations Analysis Engineer II
Desired Post-MBA Industry: Finance
Desired Post-MBA Function: Investment Banking
Student Organization Membership:

  • Energy Association
  • Finance Association
  • Jones Gives Back

What about the Rice MBA program has surprised you the most?
Everyone in the program, both students and faculty, are willing to help you achieve your personal and career goals if you just ask.

What has been your favorite moment of your Rice MBA experience so far?
Getting to know my classmates during our after class happy hours.

What is your favorite thing about and/or favorite spot in Houston?
The greatest thing about Houston is its diverse culture.
My favorite spots in Houston are downtown and Heights Beer Garden.

In a sentence, what is the one piece of advice you have for prospective students?
Pursue your dream job and career no matter how competitive the process may be, never sell yourself short or doubt your abilities.