Ferdinand (Nandi) Siagian

Ferdinand (Nandi) Siagian

Department:  Accounting & Business Law

Hometown:  Jakarta, Indonesia

Roommates (family, friends, pets):  I have a wife named Sari and a three year old son, Andrew.

What are your guilty pleasures (junk food/TV/etc.):  It would have to be food. I love to eat.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Everyone wanted to be an engineer when I grew up. It was the dream. Wanting to be an engineer in Indonesia was like wanting to be a firefighter or doctor here in the United States. It wasn’t until we got to high school that we knew about other professions like accountants or doctors.

What was your major in undergrad?

I was an accounting major in my undergrad. I then went on to pursue Finance for my MBA and Accounting for my PhD.

Desert Island Categories: (If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could pick one item for each category to have with you, what would you choose?)

–          Book:  A book of Photography

–          Movie:  Annie (1982)

–          TV Series:  American Idol

–          Musician:  Queen

–          Food Type:  Chinese or Sushi

Why did you decide to pursue teaching?

In Indonesia many of the institutions were very corrupt and I didn’t want to deal with that. Teaching at the university was one of the few positions free from manipulation, corruption, and bribing. So, I stayed with the university doing consulting and research. I started teaching in Indonesia, moved to the University of Maine, and then came to teach here at Minnesota State University, Mankato last year.

What has been your favorite teaching moment?

The best moment is when you meet a prior student of yours that you had forgotten about and they come up to you and introduce themselves as your student. I’ve come across students of mine in the mall or at the airport, even as far as Singapore. It’s an indescribable feeling.

Favorite Quote/Saying:  “Learning to Learn.”