Program Ambassadors

Would you like to speak with a current student in our graduate economics program?  Feel free to contact any of the program’s graduate student ambassadors to learn about their experience in the program. 


PhD Ambassadors

Mike Jones 

Mike Jones is a fourth year doctoral student in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Tallahassee, Florida.  He has a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and undergraduate degrees in Food and Resource Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida.  Currently working through NC State's Center for Genetic Engineering and Society, Mike's interests include post-harvest crop management and how new forms of biotechnology may impact agricultural production and markets.  His past research has led to collaborations in South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.  After graduation he hopes to enter academia or work internationally through institutions dedicated to agricultural or economic development.

Zhongyuan You 

Zhongyuan You is a third year PhD student from Shanghai, China. He has a BA degree in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Sichuan, China. His research interests are empirical Macroeconomics, especially about forecasting GDP growth and inflation. He is currently working on a project applying unobserved components stochastic volatility model to China's inflation data, which may produce a better forecast than the traditional Bayesian vector autoregression model. In addition, he is working as an independent instructor for EC 205 Fundamentals of Economics. After graduation, he hopes to find a job in  Academia or in a research institution.

Masters Ambassadors

Mansfield Fisher

Mansfield Fisher is a first year Master’s student from Hickory, NC. I received a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Spanish from UNC Wilmington. The last four years I have worked in the natural resources field, as a research assistant, wildland firefighter, and in conservation doing habitat restoration. I am interested in topics related to environmental and natural resource economics, specifically carbon markets and private timber production in the Southeast. As a MS student in the Economics program I am also pursuing a co-major in Forestry. Upon graduating, I plan to return to the natural resources field working for private timber investment companies as an analyst or working with conservation groups.