Scott Macadams

Class Year: 
2017
Job Title / Company: 
Principal, Humulo Engineering in Washington, DC

Briefly describe your d-MEMP experience, including the impact on your career.

The Duke Master of Engineering Management Program allowed the perfect launch pad for my next career. Rounding out my career as a Nuclear Submarine Officer for the Navy and looking for a new job served as motivation to enter the program, and I never regretted it.

This program allows students a massive collaboration opportunity with other mid-level professionals across a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines. From respective companies such as Apple to Boeing, Ruger to Pratt and Whitney; our cohort diversity gave the program depth.

One month after graduation, I separated from the Navy after twelve years. I started work as a project manager in software development; one year later, I founded an agile software management company, Humulo Engineering. The d-MEMP program provided inspiration and tools essential to making this dream a reality.

How did the program's flexibility suit your needs? How were you able to manage the program with your work/home life?

The program's flexibility was essential to completion but still required students to collaborate via remote tools and onsite at designated intervals. The onsite residencies promoted cohort bonding and were typically a lot of fun. Managing the work load with a full time job and family was only possible due to the flexible nature of the faculty and staff.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?

Reach out to alumni to get a feel for the program. If you are looking for a management program where the cohort is made up of other engineers like yourself, this program is for you.