Educational background: Princeton University, Operations Research
Prior work experience: A.T. Kearney, Associate
Current or most recent position: JetBlue Airways, Manager, Inflight Business Planning
The MIT Sloan program gives you the flexibility to explore the things you're interested in. I'm an airline geek, so during my second year at MIT Sloan I co-founded the transportation club with likeminded classmates. While there was already an MIT transportation club, it had an engineering focus instead of the business angle that Sloanies were interested in. During my tenure with the club we had speakers such as the CEO of JetBlue, the CEO of Massport, and the director of aviation from Boston's Logan Airport. MIT Sloan alums in the industry were a great source for obtaining speakers. The club also co-sponsored a tour of Logan airport with the Operations Club.
The January 2004 Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) plant tour was another highlight of my MIT Sloan experience. 65 LFM and MIT Sloan students visited the plants for Kodak, General Motors, Ford, Boeing, and Dell (we had dinner with Michael Dell!), with the companies covering the majority of the trip costs. Organized by LFM students, the tours gave participants an opportunity to meet branch and factory managers and executives, many of whom are MIT Sloan alums, and learn about different manufacturing processes.
I really loved my MIT Sloan classmates. During my two years there I really enjoyed getting to know them; they are an amazingly diverse group in terms of backgrounds, career interests, and extracurricular activities. Yet they are among the most humble people I know.