Assistant Director of Employer Engagement
Smita Garg works with a resourceful, talented and creative team in engaging with internal and external stakeholders to prepare NDSU students for maximum employability. She understands the value of building relationships and is passionate about creating opportunities and connections to fulfill the Center’s Mission and Purpose locally and globally.
Smita holds an MBA in International Marketing from Temple University, Philadelphia, and her career has ranged from being a ‘domestic engineer’ to working in the manufacturing sector, language service business, market research industry, immigrant serving agencies, and government, both at a project and policy level. Multi-lingual, with an interest in culture, travel, and unity in diversity, she has lived in six countries over four continents. She is a recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award®. Last year, she gave a TEDxFargo talk entitled: “Becoming US: Embracing Integration”.
She moved to Fargo with her husband Adi almost 4 years ago. Their three daughters, Aditi (Chris), Avni and Aneri who live in Canada are her inspiration. Whether you are a student, an alum, a faculty member, or an employer, she encourages you to explore this website and invites you to visit her at 306 Ceres Hall – she looks forward to connecting with you!
Employer Partnerships Manager
As the Employer Partnerships Manager, Pat Interfaces directly and through staff with organizations for the purpose of maximizing employability for NDSU students and recent graduates. He implements strategic plan initiatives to build vibrant partnerships that enhance employer presence at North Dakota State University and creates robust recruiting pipelines between employers and the North Dakota State University community. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from North Dakota State University. He spent 30+ years in software development as a programmer and IT Manager. Pat is passionate about serving others and helping them attain their personal and professional goals.
Pat and his wife Brenda are very active in their church and in Pat’s formation in the Diaconate program of the Diocese of Fargo. Pat and Brenda are blessed with seven children and Pat thoroughly enjoys spending time with family, camping at national and state parks, hiking, traveling, brewing beer, golfing, and officiating high school and college football games.
As the Events Manager, Briana is excited to bring her passion of event planning to NDSU, organizing the Career Expos and various job fairs throughout the year. Briana is thrilled to be back in the Fargo area after spending a few years in Bemidji, MN, working at Knife River Materials where she implemented a new electronic payroll and job costing software. She also immersed herself in the Bemidji community, serving on the planning committees for the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, Lake Bemidji Winterfest, and Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area annual fundraising Gala. Briana is no stranger to the NDSU campus, as she completed her Special Events Internship within the College of Engineering at NDSU and has been a part of the Bison BEST Robotics program for the past 11 years.
Briana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University and enjoys spending her free time baking, working on craft projects, and with family at the lake.
Events and Marketing Intern
As the Events and Marketing Intern, Ashley assists the employer engagement team with the planning and execution of the various events put on by the NDSU career and advising center. She also coordinates with student organizations and helps promote the events through both on-line and off-line marketing campaigns. A big part of her role pertains to developing content for the different social media platforms in order to encourage involvement and better connect with current students and alumni. Ashley is a NDSU student, studying strategic communications as her major and entrepreneurship as her minor. She loves meeting new people, broadening her connections, shopping, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.