MIT alums are known for many things, but i’s not everyday that one wins a competition to become the apprentice to one of the most recognizable real-estate moguls in the world. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Randal Pinkett has just won The Apprentice! The MIT Alumni Association and the Black Alumni of MIT Association organized a huge event at Kresge Auditorium tonight, where about 800 members of the MIT community got to watch a fellow Techie kick butt!
Over, and over, and over again, Donald Trump and the other candidates on the show stressed Randal’s amazing education. Even Donald Trump (who studied business at the Wharton School at U. Penn) acknowledged that Randal’s education “blew him away.” Here’s his background: he has five academic degrees in engineering, business and technology including: (http://www.randalpinkett.com/about/resume.asp)
-a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University (GPA 3.9/4.0)
-an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar
-an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT (May 1998)
-an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management (May 1998)
-a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory (November 2001)
He even wore his Brass Rat on the show! Not only did he go to all these prestigious schools, but he really showed that he’s a compassionate person and a great leader! Everyone on the show admired him and praised him in every way.
So, at around 10:57 PM tonight, Trump decided to pick Randal to be The Apprentice over Rebecca, a financial journalist from Chicago. Trump then gave Randal his first test and asked if he should also hire Rebecca to also be an apprentice. The crowd in Kresge took a deep breath, and Randal said no! It was shocking! On one hand, I think he did the right thing in that he is way more qualified than Rebecca, but on the other, did he just want the entire spotlight for himself? Comments, anyone?
Anyway, he founded a multi-million dollar company called “BCT Partners” and consults for many other companies. Straight from The Apprentice website: “A former college championship track and field athlete, he has received numerous awards for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and technologist including the National Society of Black Engineers “National Member of the Year.” A Leadership New Jersey Fellow and Next Generation Leadership Fellow, Randal has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine and Ebony magazine in their “30 Leaders of the Future” issue. He is a proud member of First Baptist Church in Somerset, N.J., where he resides and is happily married to his wife Zahara.”
Yay for MIT Alumni!!! (And yay for the MIT alumni website…he lists all of his telephone numbers and even his home address. Haha, I know, stalkeeerrrr.)