Why Hire an MEM?
Benefits to employers of MEM Program graduates may include:
- Enables engineers to consider business issues in their decision making
- Decreases training time for new engineers
- Decreases management time spent on new engineers
- Provides interns for a "preview" before hiring
Tom O'Neill, Retired President and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading planning, engineering, and program management firms, answers:
"M.E.M. 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 M.E.M. 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."
R. John Fletcher, CEO of Fletcher Spaght Inc, answers:
"We are strategy consultants to high technology companies. Our staff needs to have strong backgrounds in both technology and business. M.E.M. graduates meet our specs best of all. Our past M.E.M. hires performed extraordinarily well. We look forward to hiring M.E.M. graduates every year."
John Harris, Manager of World Wide Test Engineering, IBM Microelectronics, answers:
"IBM Microelectronics has hired Thayer School M.E.M. 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 M.E.M. training is invaluable in our business."
"Across the board the M.E.M. 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."