1. Name, academic program/concentration and year in the program.
Alison Baier: I am a 2nd year dual degree Masters student studying Industrial Engineering and Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.
2. Prior work experience
Before joining the Jenkins MBA community, I worked as a Reliability Engineer for John Deere. I was responsible for developing validation and verification plans for the deluxe residential lawn mower product line, managing the logistics of prototype vehicles, and analyzing reliability data to determine if project goals were met.
3. Why did you select the NC State Jenkins MBA program?
The Jenkins MBA program affords me the opportunity to pursue a degree in both engineering and business within a two year time frame as well as provides multiple opportunities to be involved with local employers. These aspects were important to me when deciding on MBA programs because I wanted to utilize my time back on campus to explore as many different industries and positions as possible to help guide my career path after graduation.
4. Why did you select the supply chain management concentration; how does it align with career goals?
The supply chain management concentration complements my industrial engineering background by affording the opportunity to continue solving complex problems. I have experience working in a manufacturing environment, but I wanted to understand how a supply chain flows from start to finish and to increase my knowledge on topics such as procurement and inventory management. Additionally, I enjoy working on process improvement and cost reduction initiatives and the supply chain management curriculum provides additional exposure to different techniques and methods used in this field.
5. What would you say to a prospective MBA student or an MBA student considering involvement with the SCRC?
The SCRC is a great way to get involved with a diverse set of projects and to gain hands on experience with a wide range of industries. Working with the SCRC provides students with an opportunity to work on challenging supply chain problems and gain firsthand experience on the challenges supply chain professionals are facing every day. One of the most beneficial aspects of working with the SCRC is the exposure students receive to different business cultures, work environments and types of projects.
6. Where did you intern this summer? Did it align with your supply chain education (if so, how)?
This summer I interned with Premier Inc. in Charlotte, NC as an MBA intern. During my internship, one of my major projects focused on process flow mapping to create a standardized process for the Contract and Field teams. My background in industrial engineering as well as tools learned through MBA 540 prepared me to utilize process flow mapping techniques needed for this project.