Briefly describe your d-MEMP experience, including the impact on your career.
During my under graduate degree program as a civil engineer, the classes and internships focused on technical side of the career. After a few years of plans, calculations, and inspections, you quickly learn that to advance your career, you will need to develop in several key areas. These areas include your traditional technical business management focus areas (marketing, accounting, finance), but also in other less familiar areas for engineers and scientist like leadership, personnel management, human resources, and employee training/development.
The d-MEMP experience introduced critical information from literature/publications to case studies on all of the above topics at a time in my career when I was beginning to see how crucial those components would be to my future growth. The program help shape me into a more well-rounded employee, and later a more competent employer.
How did the program's flexibility suit your needs? How were you able to manage the program with your work/home life?
The d-MEMP program allowed me to fit my education into a busy life. I enrolled in August of 2013, and I finished the degree program in December 2015. During that time, I worked as a field engineer and later on as a project manager with my previous employer. I was fortunate enough to work on several challenging projects at commercial nuclear plants in three different states at several plants in each of those states. My wife and I welcomed our first child in November 2014, and I started as a full-time employee and co-owner of my own engineering firm in January 2015. Without the flexibility allowed by the d-MEMP program, I would never have been able to complete my Masters degree at that point in my career.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
If you are at the point (or close to a point) in your career where you are managing technical deliverables as well as a team of production staff, I believe the d-MEMP program will be extremely beneficial to your career. The staff and professors have created a curriculum based on real world challenges that will help prepare you for your role as a leader in an ever changing, and challenging business environment.
If you are looking at other options for distance degrees without residency requirements, I would consider how beneficial the residency will be to the degree program. The residency allowed three separate weeks over the course of the program to meet and collaborate with other members of your cohort. I know that Cohort #5 was filled with some of the brightest minds in the next generation of leaders, and I was proud to be a part of such an amazing group. Without the residencies, I feel that I would have never connected on such a personal level with so many members of my cohort.