Program: Professional Evening
Current title/organization: Solution Architect, E2open, LLC
Q: Why did you choose the NC State Jenkins MBA program for your graduate education?
A: It was the only part-time (not Executive) MBA program in the area, so I could keep working my full-time job while pursuing my degree. Also, it was way more affordable than any Executive program in “blue” schools.
Q: How did your experience in the program contribute to your professional achievements and successes?
A: It allowed me to realize that I was in a wrong field before starting the program, so I switched to Supply Chain Management and had no regrets since.
Q: What are a few of the most impactful classes/lessons you learned during your time at NC State?
A: Capstone Supply Chain project, Operations. Don’t assume anything and ask questions.
Q: What are your lasting impressions of the Jenkins MBA program?
A: I really enjoyed the program and the faculty that was always available and willing to help in any way possible.
Q: What advice would you give for prospective and current students who are interested in your industry/profession?
A: Talk to professors, they may help you get in touch with people in the industry and also point you to the most emerging areas that maybe off your radar.
Q: What advice do you have for prospective Jenkins MBA students?
A: Make sure that this program is for you. It may not have the same cachet as Ivy League or “blue” schools. The learning process is also quite different – fewer case studies and more projects (real NC State’s “think and do” stuff). If that’s what you want – go ahead, work/study hard and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
Q: Could you give a brief explanation of your current line of work, and what has led you to it?
A: I am a Solution Architect for a company that is a leader in providing end-to-end SCM solutions. Having worked in both IT and supply chain management fields – it’s right at the intersection of both.
Q: What do you believe is your most interesting accomplishment since graduation?
A: Consulting C-level execs on the state of their respective supply chain functions and devising ways to bring it to the next level.