Student Spotlight: Hayato Kawaguchi

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Chiba, Japan and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. I spent majority of my childhood growing up in the small college town of Davis, California. As an undergraduate, I attended University of California Davis where I received my Bachelor of Science in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity. Soon after I graduated, I worked at Bayer Crop Science in West Sacramento as a Research Associate for about two years. I contributed to one of the site’s major projects in which I helped optimize the pesticide development by testing new biological treatments on various pests.

As an undergraduate, I worked in residential construction where I installed efficient housing product such as fire resistant wooden floors, LED lights, and a digital controlled bathtub. This was a great exposure to sustainable projects and I wanted to take a larger part in similar projects for my future career as a project manager who centers the developments around sustainability.

In this MBA program, I look forward to working alongside companies to solve real business problems. I am eager to work as a team with my fellow classmates throughout the year.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

If I were to suddenly give a 30 minute presentation on something without preparation, it would be talking about soccer tactics. I have been playing soccer my entire life at a competitive level and developed strong knowledge about all aspects of soccer.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

The most interesting place I have been to thus far is the South Island of New Zealand. Once I stepped out of the plane in Queenstown, I was amazed by the landscape. The best hikes in the world are definitely in New Zealand.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?

I can see myself spending all of my time in England because there is so much to see and experience. It has many historic sites and soccer, although they call it football, is a massive sport there.

If you could master one skill, what would it be?

One skill that I would like to master is to cook like a professional. I have always been a simple cook as a college student and I wish I could make sophisticated and tasty dishes.