Jay Hartenbach

Jay Hartenbach
Class Year: 
2013
Job Title / Company: 
CEO, Medterra

Undergraduate Degree: BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami

Why did you choose your program and area of study?

Through my undergraduate studies, I had gained a significant amount of experience in research and engineering, but I lacked management and finance coursework. The MEM program was perfect for me as it allowed me to continue my engineering studies with exposure to business principles.

Briefly describe your Duke Experience.

It was incredible. I truly enjoyed the classes, which focused on real world cases as opposed to theory. In addition, I made life long friends that shared similar professional and personal interests.

I have stayed very close with this group throughout the years. We all see each other regularly and it is great to see the level of success they are all achieving.

What impact has the degree had on your career?

The degree completely changed my career trajectory. Prior to learning about the MEM program, I was very focused on becoming an engineer with some of the larger medical device companies. The MEM program exposed me to the opportunity to combine both business and technical skills.

From Duke, I went into a leadership development program at IBM working closely with technical teams across the world. I have since started my own company and manage over 60 employees. None of that would have been possible without the Duke MEM program.

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

Reach out to Alumni that have completed the degree you are considering. There are so many choices and hearing first hand experiences might help with narrowing your selection or helping make the final decision.

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

First off, congratulations on being admitted to Duke. Whether you decided to attend Duke or not, your hard work and dedication to get this point should be recognized.

I would highly recommend anyone considering Duke to visit the campus. It is such a unique place. Not only is Durham a great place to live, but the students and faculty really make the experience special.