Jason McGill

Jason McGill
Class Year: 
2010
Job Title / Company: 
Senior Field Clinical Operations Specialist, Abbott

Undergraduate Degree: BSE, Biomedical Engineer, Vanderbilt University

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

I was hoping to get a better understanding of the business aspect of engineering.  I knew I would not fulfill a "traditional" engineering role for my entire career.  Utilizing Duke's MEMP allowed me to position myself better in the future.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

I loved my time in Durham with the MEMP.  The cross discipline approach was very stimulating to me.  My undergraduate years were heavy on math and science in biomedical engineering.  I was ready to engage in coursework that was pragmatic and academically interesting.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

I use the project management aspect of my degree every day.  My current role with Abbott has me managing anywhere from 5 to 15 projects at one time.  Without those skills, I would not be able to succeed in what I am doing on a daily basis.  I also feel like I understand some of the higher level decisions happening within my organization.  Being able to understand how money flows through a company and what pressures influence decision making is incredibly valuable.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?

If you are an engineer aspiring to a leadership role in a company, you need to consider Duke's MEMP.  Engineering school taught you science.  MEMP will teach you how to use that knowledge effectively to lead and create change.

What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?

Take advantage of all the courses available to you.  There are so many different avenues you can pursue within engineer, business, and law.  These opportunities will be much harder to find once you have a full time job.  Make a connection with your professors and stay in touch with your classmates.  Building a network is just as important as acquiring knowledge.