Briefly describe your d-MEMP experience, including the impact on your career.
The d-MEMP experience is truly world-class and one of a kind. Being an engineer and now having the knowledge of the business side of things really makes a difference at work. Many jobs that I would have never entertained are now interesting to me, and I am now able to work across platforms such as finance, marketing, and IP/law while still maintaining my engineering title. The degree has really opened doors for me to be a well-rounded individual both at work and in my extracurricular activities. I'm even more excited to see all the new possibilities that are out there for me with this new body of knowledge that I have obtained from the program.
How did the program's flexibility suit your needs? How were you able to manage the program with your work/home life?
The ability to attend school and work full-time was key. I didn't want a program that was 100% hands off and 100% online. I actually thrive better in a physical setting. Being able to meet my professors and classmates really made this program stand out for me. While pursing my degree, I actually traveled every three weeks from Alabama to California. Being in the different time zones would have normally brought frustration, but working in groups with classmates from around the world made the program that much more fun. You really learn time management and work ethic working with classmates in different time zones. It mimics the real-world engineering environment that we are in today.
Being low-residency is really what sold the program to me. I had the ability to make lifelong friendships, attend the beautiful campus of Duke, and remain fully engaged at work! It's a win-win situation at the end of the day.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
If you are an engineer debating on getting an MBA vs an Engineering Management degree, I will hands-down recommend getting the engineering management degree. The engineering management degree is more technical, but at the same time you will take business courses, just with an engineering twist. And after all, what engineer doesn't want more engineering? Look no further than the Engineering Management Degree from Duke! You will not be disappointed.