Engineering & Operations Management
"My goal after graduation is to take the tools and knowledge that I have acquired and apply them to my work to provide maximum benefit and value to our customers."
I've served my country in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, during which time I earned a bachelor's. After retiring from the Navy, I was employed by General Dynamics Electric Boat as a nuclear test engineer. Since joining the EB team, I have advanced through construction management to my present position as a nuclear construction project manager.
Why did you choose UNH and what attracted you to your graduate program?
I wanted to pursue a master's degree that could help me advance in my career. Manufacturing and engineering processes in today's world have changed because of an emphasis on quality, value and continued process improvement. The engineering and operations management graduate program at UNH focuses on these topics. The flexibility of allowing an individual who is working full time to pursue this challenging program was an added bonus.
How have your experiences at UNH helped prepare you for your desired career path?
The course of study has prepared me for added responsibility within my company. Modern manufacturing requires that leadership within the company be able to provide the customer with maximum value. The knowledge and tools I have gained by earning a master's degree will make me an invaluable asset to the company and allow me to provide our customers with a better product.
Tell us about a memorable hands-on learning experience such as a class project, applied research or an internship that you have participated in.
Without a doubt, the most memorable experience during my degree program was taking a class in simulation and modeling. Our professor, Dr. Linda Reilly, challenged us from the first minute she stepped into the class. What is amazing is that after working a 10-hour day you would think that I would have been exhausted, but the class flew by and left me exhilarated, primarily due to the demanding and exacting standards of Dr. Reilly. You truly don't know what you are capable of academically until you are challenged by an instructor such as her.
What are your post-graduation plans?
My goal after graduation is to take the tools and knowledge that I have acquired from UNH and apply them to my work to provide maximum benefit and value to our customers. I also would like to further my education by pursuing my Ph.D. in industrial engineering with the goal of improving shipbuilding processes and reducing construction times.