1. Name, academic program/concentration and year in the program
David Catron, MBA 1st year, concentration in Supply Chain
2. Prior work experience
My background is focused in supply chain where I worked as a Supplier Development Engineer and Continous Improvement Engineer for AFL a leader in fiber optic telecommunication equipment and cable. I had the opportunity there to lead international teams on projects and deliver on capital projects for management while reducing cost and waste throughout the supply chain.
3. Why did you select the NC State Jenkins MBA program?
I really liked the smaller cohort size and the data analytics focus of the program. It was very important for me to network with my classmates and the small class size allows for this to occur naturally. The program also leverages its engineering background to take a more hands on approach to the classroom in the form of practicums. These two features sold the program for me. .
4. Why did you select the supply chain management concentration; how does it align with career goals?
I selected the supply chain management concentration because I believe that the world is becoming increasingly more about logistics and global operations. Globalization has forever changed the competitive landscape and future executives will need to understand how the supply chain can be a competitive advantage in the world. My future career goals are to be an executive in an international company.
5. What would you say to a prospective MBA student or an MBA student considering involvement with the SCRC?
I would recommend that they read about the types of projects that people with the SCRC have completed. Often people don’t understand what the supply chain is or does and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant. When you look at the projects completed they touch on production, product design, sales, human resources, marketing, and many more areas of business. Supply chain management is at the heart of the organization.
6. Anything else you would like to add about their involvement with SCRC, the MBA program.
It is great to be able to contribute to companies while still maintaining your status as a full time MBA student. The combination of networking and learning will be beneficial in the long run.