Corporate Associates Q&A
Interview with Ray Mastre (’04 IST) of PricewaterhouseCoopers As a consulting manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City, Ray Mastre, a 2004 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the New Kensington campus, helps to reduce corporate risk by ensuring that employees are only doing what they should in large computer systems such as SAP. As an IST alumnus, he is dedicated to nurturing talent and building future leaders by recruiting for PwC through career fairs, individual mentoring, and speaking at Penn State New Kensington, Penn State University Park, and other Penn State campuses.
Q: What drew you to the College of IST? Mastre: I always knew that I was interested in a technology career. Unfortunately, I was in a personal situation that prevented me from leaving home for college. Penn State New Kensington was close to home (Plum, PA) and offered me an opportunity to get a nationally known degree and personalized instruction close to home. Q: What was your overall experience in IST? Mastre: Extremely positive. Especially at New Kensington, where you have the opportunity to work closely with professors – it was a rewarding experience to work with professors that are extremely talented. I learned a lot from them. New Kensington 14 College of Information Sciences and Technology
provides a very individual experience. The largest class I ever had was around 24 people. Q: You are a consulting manager in the SAP Security/Governance Risk and Compliance Group at PwC. What do you like most about your job? Mastre: A few things. First, my job changes daily. The problems companies face in my industry are always changing; therefore, what I’m asked to do is