Major: Computer Science/Electrical Engineering and Management, with a concentration in Economics
Current or most recent position: Merrill Lynch, Technology Analyst
One might expect MIT Sloan to be focused primarily on business. What I found, however, was an energetic interface between management principles and engineering skills.
As an MIT undergraduate student, I expected MIT Sloan to be similar to the rest of my MIT experiences, but I found that it was quite different. Until coming to MIT Sloan, most of my coursework had consisted of individual problem sets, projects, and exams. At MIT Sloan, however, the focus was on working constructively in groups. Not only was this more fun and interactive, it has has turned out to be the predominant situation in the working world.
Writing a business plan for one of my MIT Sloan classes was one of my most outstanding experiences at MIT. From the start, this project was different. The open-endedness allowed us to approach the planning creatively and to focus on the overall process rather than the minutiae. This was radically different from most classes and is more in line with what I have experienced since starting work.
In the business community, MIT Sloan is noted for its innovative initiatives and is seen as a school at the convergence of business and technology. My MIT Sloan education has benefited me in my work as a technology analyst at Merrill Lynch. In the future, I hope to continue pursuing positions that combine management and engineering components, particularly in the development of emergent technologies.