These profiles are examples of the types of careers M.E.M. graduates can pursue and have been authored by a diverse group of M.E.M./Thayer alumni/ae and members of the M.E.M. Corporate Collaboration Council. It is understood that they represent only a small fraction of the opportunities open to M.E.M. graduates.
Amy E. Peterson
Project managers at Auto desk have responsibility for managing multiple high-impact projects from initiation through
- Project Manager
- Cornell’98, MEM’00
- Autodesk, Inc.
IT Program Manager
While some of her coworkers won’t be in until 8 to 10 AM due to the timing
with their global teams
- IT Program Manager
- MEMP 2013
Ashwin taps his pen against his notepad as the two-hour meeting with one of the credit card teams from the consumer division of J.P. Morgan
- Senior Analyst
- MEM 2013
On a windy Monday morning in San Francisco, Dai Li settles in to his chair to begin the week. Dai, a recent MEM graduate
- Data Scientist
- MEMP 2013
With an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India, Alekhya Nemani has always been inclined towards
- Entrepreneur – Technology
- MEM in 2013
Sample Job Profile – Software Development
authored by Amy E. Peterson – Cornell’98, MEM’00
Project managers at Auto desk have responsibility for managing multiple high-impact projects from initiation through delivery, including planning, project control and status reporting, and related troubleshooting and problem resolution to ensure completion of assigned projects on schedule. Project managers often help translate the use case for a project for the marketing team into clear goals for the technical team. They make sure every team member is on board and moving in the right direction. Project managers also help technical groups identify areas of broken or missing process, and take positive and measurable action to correct these areas. As a project manager, it is imperative to understand your audience and adapt your style to communicate with every member of a cross-functional team.
Project managers in information technology and software come from a variety of positions: developers, QA testers, or program coordinators. They are the glue that holds the project together and are usually responsible for documenting technical decisions and reporting to management the rationale for schedule or project scope changes.
Sample Job Profile – IT Program Manager
IT Program Manager
While some of her coworkers won’t be in until 8 to 10 AM due to the timing with their global teams, Alyssa turns the key to her office at 7 AM and switches on the lights. Being a program manager in Boeing’s rotational IT program, she knows all about the importance of timing, particularly sticking to your schedule. First things first, she checks her email and goes through her priority list. Like any day at Boeing, there are going to be distractions. People will come in and out of the office with questions and, if they can’t get to her in person, they’ll be sure to reach her electronically. If she was going to get anything done, she had to leave some buffer
time to deal with them.
Boeing is currently going through a massive managerial transformation into a horizontal management structure. Unsurprisingly, not everyone was all that happy about it. And who better to calm their fears than Alyssa? After all, managing conflict is one of the key attributes of any good project and program manager. Despite the battle ahead with a few unenthused employees, there were a lot of things she couldn’t get enough of: the new site, the support of the company, and the people. She couldn’t help but get excited about the fact that she got to support the entire Boeing enterprise through her work in IT, from missiles to rockets and satellites.
Sample Job Profile – Aerospace
With an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India, Alekhya Nemani has always been inclined towards business and entrepreneurship. This was evident as she used her passion to co-found Niskriti, a non-profit that worked towards women empowerment. With this passion in mind she chose to pursue the Master of Engineering Management degree at Duke after her undergraduate graduation. She graduated from Duke in 2013 and is currently working with Deloitte as an Associate.
I work closely with the testing team. My role requires me to work on reporting and analytics and monitor the tools used. This further requires me to trouble shoot if something is not working in the system. I spend a lot of time working on my deliverables and projects assigned to me. I have various meeting lined up in the day with the testing managers, leads, and client site testing managers. My work involves a lot of number crunching, reporting, presentations and working on Excel and reports
Sample Job Profile – Senior Analyst
Ashwin taps his pen against his notepad as the two-hour meeting with one of the credit card teams from the consumer division of J.P. Morgan Chase comes to a close. With another long meeting scheduled in the afternoon, he better make the best use of his time. The team is concerned about the response rate on the recent credit card mailings, and it’s up to Ashwin to figure out the root cause. Which means he has to pool the data, run the analysis in Excel, and prepare his presentation. That’s a lot of work in very little time. Good thing he’s got his finance skills from MEMP under his belt to help him speed it up.
Fuqua courses are great. You need to know how to use Excel and use it well for analysis. But every job is different. I didn’t know anything about my job before I came here. I had a skill set, but I didn’t know how it was going to be used. There’s a learning curve. Presentation and communication skills are big for me since I have to present my scenario to high management. I took Decision Models in MEMP, which was probably the most helpful course for me. I definitely need to create decision models at a certain point at my job. I’d also recommend Operations Management and Supply Chain
Sample Job Profile – Data Scientist
On a windy Monday morning in San Francisco, Dai Li settles in to his chair to begin the week. Dai, a recent MEM graduate, works as a data scientist at Tagged, a social discovery website that also has a bunch of mobile products. As he starts to go through the emails and
analytics reports that have piled up over the weekend, his phone rings.
Broadly speaking, most of my tasks as a data scientist involve data modelling, machine learning, and A/B testing. I
work on two of the company’s products – MeetMe and Swoon. MeetMe is a social discovery app that helps you meet and hangout with new people near your location, while Swoon is a location-based dating application. I work on the algorithms that are used by these products and focus on using data-driven techniques such as A/B testing and machine learning to improve these algorithms.
I start by going through reports containing specific product usage data that is relevant to the task I am currently working on. This involves putting together queries in order to measure and analyse relevant metrics and generate reports based on these analyses. I then spend some time with data engineers and assist them in utilizing this data and the feedback gathered from it to design, change, or improve existing algorithms.