Diana Nsemo isn’t kidding when she says she’s been around the world.
A native of Nigeria, Nsemo traveled to Russia to earn her engineering degree at Kuban State University
(“You think Pittsburgh is cold! Try living in Russia!”). After a two-year stint back home, she now resides in Pittsburgh.
Nsemo had heard good things about Pittsburgh’s livability. Her husband, Stanley Nsemo-Livingstone, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and suggested she check out Carlow. When she did, she was immediately attracted to the University’s accessible size and “mighty” MBA program
“I liked the fact that it empowers women,” she adds.
The University—and the MBA program—were a perfect fit.
“Carlow has been so wonderfully welcoming and accepting of me, as an international student,” she says. “And the program was an amazing experience. The instructors really cared about our journey and our understanding of the subject matter, and made sure that we gained experience working with real clients.”
These MBA students – [l-to-r] Douglas Morgan, Nidhi Shukla, Bethany Dorney, Diana Nsemo, and Nora Suehr – presented at the International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) conference in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2014. Dr. Mu, far right, was their research advisor. Photo by Eddie Arossi.
Last June, Nsemo and four other Carlow graduate students traveled to the International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
in Washington, D.C., where they presented the results of a project they developed as part of their Decision Making for Leaders course.
“We worked collaboratively using AHP to make decisions about Carlow’s involvement in Uganda,” she says. “It was amazing to present in Washington—we met with so many people from around the world. We were privileged to have this experience.”
Though she graduated in December 2014, Nsemo is currently living in Frances Ward Hall, where is finishing her term as resident director. And, despite the fact she’s in no rush to leave the city, she’s positive that opportunities will continue to present themselves.
“I’m considering a PhD in Operations Management at Harvard,” she says, adding that her family is used to her globe-trotting nature.
“They just say, ‘Oh, Diana is on the road, challenging herself,’” she laughs. Adding that her husband, who lives in Nigeria but visits as often as possible, is her “biggest fan and backbone, inspiring me to grow and be all that I can be.”
The travel bug seems to run in her family—she has one brother in Oklahoma, another in South Africa, and a sister in London, as well as a few other extended family members in the Pittsburgh area.
“There are so many opportunities,” she says. “You want to experience and learn and bring back to your country. It makes the world a better place. To really think globally, and then act locally.”
Nsemo’s ultimate goal is to combine her engineering background and with her management skills to further a career in global supply chain management back in Nigeria.
“I feel so empowered,” she says. “My horizons have been broadened, and I feel like I can do anything. I recommend that everyone get an MBA from Carlow!”