Meet Eller MBAs
Eller MBA '10
Why did you choose the Eller MBA?
Since I obtained my undergraduate degree from The University of Arizona, I was already well acquainted with the school and its fine reputation. But, as an undergrad at the UA, I only ventured to McClelland Hall once in all of those years. When I entered that building for the first time I remember thinking how professional the people and the building itself looked. At that point, I had already been thinking about pursuing an MBA, and once I entered the building and looked at the students and faculty, my mind was made up — I was going to apply to Eller.
Although the application and interview process were demanding and stressful, I was overjoyed to receive the letter and binder full of material telling me that I had been accepted into Eller.
What stands out about the Eller faculty and curriculum?
Intense is the one word I would use to describe the Eller faculty and curriculum. Intense not only in the sense of difficulty, but also the faculty has an intense passion for teaching and making certain that we, as students, learn what we have come to learn. The Eller faculty realizes that all of its students come from very different backgrounds and there are some, such as myself, to whom many of these classes offer new materials to digest. Rather than making these materials difficult to understand, faculty members go out of their way to make themselves available to the students, and in their teaching incorporate as many real-world business examples as they can. I believe these various industry examples are the special ingredient in the classes to capture the students’ attention. I know whenever a teacher uses an example from the aerospace industry or manufacturing (my own work experience) I can’t help but smile and realize they know exactly how to apply this situation to my industry of interest.
What are your career goals?
Even before high school I dreamed of being part of the aerospace industry. I was lucky enough to enter into a job right after graduating from UA that offered me aerospace industry experience. I am currently employed at Sargent Controls and Aerospace in Tucson as a Manufacturing Engineer for Military Hydraulics. My work principally focuses on military aerospace, with some commercial aerospace projects. With my experience in manufacturing and my education at Eller I hope to combine those to become an operations manager or program manager in an aerospace company.
What is your personal takeaway with the Eller MBA?
My experience at Eller has been outstanding. When accepted into the program, I was excited to be attending such a great MBA program; although now I realize I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Eller is a demanding experience that pushes you out of your comfort zone. But, without such challenges, we would not grow. I think we all know that and deep down are looking for these experiences.
A big part of my Eller experience is the networking. I have the opportunity to engage with classmates from all over the world and spanning many different industries. The diversity of experiences and perspectives my classmates bring to the Eller community will truly make these next two years memories to cherish for a lifetime.