Why Corporate Leaders Hire MEMs

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Industry leaders answer the question "Why hire a Thayer School MEM graduate?"

"MEM graduate students are extraordinarily bright, hard working and ambitious in a good sense—they want to do well and succeed. They are also well rounded and more articulate than most engineers. This ability to articulate, to persuade, to communicate is vital in a consulting operation such as ours."

"It comes clear to the senior people in the organization that the people who possess the talents and skills of an MEM student will succeed rapidly. So those senior people recognize that the ability to communicate technical ideas and concepts to a non-technical group is every bit as important as being able to do the technical work."

Tom O'Neill, Retired President and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff

"We are strategy consultants to high technology companies. Our staff needs to have strong backgrounds in both technology and business. MEM graduates meet our specs best of all. Our past MEM hires performed extraordinarily well. We look forward to hiring MEM graduates every year."

R. John Fletcher, CEO of Fletcher Spaght, Inc.

Becky Eastman, Recruiter at Hypertherm, Inc.

"IBM Microelectronics has hired Thayer School MEM grads because we felt that with both strong engineering and business training, these engineers would be much more valuable than engineers with a pure engineering degree. As complex as the semiconductor industry is technologically, the business complexity and challenges are just as monumental. Virtually everything our engineers do, and every decision they make, has clear business impacts—sometimes huge business impacts. Having the global perspective provided by the MEM training is invaluable in our business."

"Across the board the MEM grads have performed at an outstanding level. They have become involved in key projects, dealt with senior technical staff and upper level management, and made a real impact on our business in a very short time. Their level of performance and contribution is often comparable to colleagues with far more industry experience. They have clearly established a track record of being able to understand the big picture and to tackle complex technical and business issues with an uncommon level of expertise and maturity."

John Harris, Manager of World Wide Test Engineering at IBM Microelectronics

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