Undergraduate Degree: BS, Civil Engineering, Florida State University
Why did you choose your program and area of study?
I chose to attend Duke's MEM program because I saw it as an opportunity to become a more marketable engineer in the short term, place me on track to be a manager of engineering projects in the mid term, and give me the skills to afford myself limitless opportunities long term.
Briefly describe your Duke Experience.
I had a great experience at Duke. It was rewarding to learn beside the best students coming from the top undergraduate universities around the world. The connections I made will be key parts of my network throughout my career.
What impact has the degree had on your career?
The degree has provided me with the skills to jump into jobs and have an accelerated impact in the role. Coming out of the program, I worked as an entry level engineer. However, unlike most entry level engineers, I was already thinking like an engineering manager and was able to support my managers more fully. I have also had an accelerated career trajectory which I attribute to the skills gained in the MEM program.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants - those who are just beginning to explore graduate options at Duke?
There are a lot of options out there when considering graduate school. If you are like me, you may be evaluating whether to attend a MS or MEM program. The best aspect about Duke's MEM program is that you have the ability to tailor fit the program to your needs and acquire the specific set of skills you are looking for. It is very flexible with course selection.
What advice would you give to admitted students who are considering Duke?
To those who have been admitted, I wish you congratulations. You are now a part of the Duke family. Soak it in. Attend as many networking events, seminars, and games at Cameron as you can because time goes quickly in the MEM program.