Austin Cosby

Class Year: 
2017
Job Title / Company: 
Design Integration Manager, Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT

Duke MEM in three words: Useful, flexible, enlightening

Describe what you do in your role with Pratt & Whitney.
I represent the office of the PW1200G engine’s chief engineer at Mitsubishi Aircraft Company in Nagoya, Japan. I’m responsible for technical negotiations with respect to power plant and airframe integration.

How has your time in Duke’s MEM program influenced your career so far?
The program opened my eyes to what my career can be – and showed me that I can have a broader career path than what I originally thought was possible.

What did you enjoy most about the program?
The d-MEMP (Distributed Master of Engineering Management Program) residencies were my favorite part. The workshops and group exercises were engaging, and building relationships with my cohort was priceless.

Do you have any advice for current MEM students at Duke?
I would tell them to try to broaden their experience bases as much as possible – and to take classes that might not seem directly applicable now to what they want to do after graduation.

Is there anything you’d do differently in terms of your MEM experience?
I had an extremely good experience in the program, but if I had to do one thing differently, I would have focused more on connecting with the professors.

How is the MEM program preparing tomorrow’s technical business leaders?
The program exposes students to a broad array of ideas and concepts, and instills in them the idea that learning is a lifelong effort.

What is the best thing about being a Duke alumnus?
Watching Duke basketball with a rooting interest!