|Graduate Alumnus Profile
Hometown: Tahlequah, OK
Degree Earned: MBA/ISP
Class of 2012
Background and Accomplishments:
I had two internships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) during my years of undergraduate study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Oklahoma State University. Both experiences helped me determine that a career as a biological scientist would not complement my innate interpersonal skills.
What made you decide to attend Rensselaer?
I was ready to enter an M.S. program in Biodefense when I received a non-expectant letter from Rensselaer about a one-year MBA with international travel. The travel interested me initially and after further thought I decided that an MBA would offer more flexibility and options after graduation. I knew that wet-lab work was not what I was assuming to do with the rest of my life and the combination of a science and management degree made sense. As it turned out, that combination helped me get the job at Henkel in the Industrial Adhesives division.
Describe your ISP (International Scholars Program) experience:
I worked on a project with JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy) solving how to effectively brand and market an eco-tourism site in China. The project involved working with government and business officials and helped me understand the cultural influences that guide business practices in China.
How did your MBA and/or ISP prepare you for your job in industry?
The ISP program was critical for me in two ways: initially, a networking dinner was set up by Professor Maleyeff that put me in touch with a key Henkel executive (and Rensselaer alumnus) working in Shanghai, China. Work on the JUCCCE project also provided the international business experience that Henkel was seeking. My MBA program in Troy also involved multiple, cross-functional projects with students mostly from China, adding to my comfort level living and studying abroad there. I’ve stayed in touch with one of my classmates from China and he’s provided me valuable insight into doing business in China that cannot be taught in a classroom.
What position will you assume at Henkel Corporation?
I will be a part of the PRISM rotation program in Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies department. This is a 12-24 month rotation program for recent college graduates with high potential. At the end of my rotation, I expect to move into a sales role in Adhesive Technologies and if all goes well I will have my choice of posts anywhere throughout the world.
I enjoy being around close friends and family and getting to know people so that I can expand my network. This reason alone confirms that a career in industry is right for me.