Department of Economics

Robert Kurtz

  • Graduated: 2013
  • Field: Management/Entrepreneurship

Robert Kurtz(opens in new window), who graduated in 2013 with a BA and Honors in Economics, is scrum master(opens in new window) at Surge Software,(opens in new window) a firm that develops custom software, in Chico.  As scrum master Robert manages a team of software developers by helping them exchange information much the way a rugby team does.  

In order to help finance his education at Chico State Robert worked for Best Buy(opens in new window) as a home theater sales associate.  During his junior year Robert interned for First Grain Inc(opens in new window) in Chico; as a junior commodity analyst Robert helped forecast rice crops and prices.  In his senior year Robert worked as an intern for Stogan Ag Investment(opens in new window), also in Chico.

After graduation in 2013 Robert accepted a position with Surge Software where he currently works.  Early in 2014 he became a certified scrum master.

“Studying economics helped me develop problem solving skills that I have used every day since. It changed the way that I look at the world and how I address problems,” Robert stated in a recent email.  “I truly believe that my degree opened up job opportunities that a degree in a related field wouldn't have. It will make your resume stand out amongst the others in the pile by showing the employer that you have a wide set of skills and a well-rounded education.” (Last Updated 7/25/16)