Matt Dana, '04
The Clarkson University MBA program interested me for a number of reasons. First, Clarkson has an excellent academic reputation. Second, I was particularly attracted to the rigorous one year program, the global supply chain management track, and the focus on experiential learning.
I liked everything about the program. I considered it a business “boot camp” for younger students. The short modules focused on team project work, meetings, and presentations aptly preparing us for the intensity of the business world. What I really liked best were the supply chain core elective modules and the experiential learning components—the Clarkson Consulting Group and the international study abroad in Reims, France. The three week study abroad was class focused, but allowed many opportunities to meet business students from around the world.
I immediately started my career after graduation as a business technology consultant with IBM Business Consulting Services; now known as Global Business Services. I focused as a supply chain management consultant for the SAP enterprise application. This position perfectly utilized my background with information technology, supply chain management principles, and the business soft skills developed while I was at Clarkson University. Today, I am the Global Logistics IT Leader for Momentive Performance Materials based in Albany, NY. I continue to focus on IT applications that support and integrate the business' supply chain. The skills and knowledge I gained from the MBA curriculum continue to help me manage important IT projects and a global IT team, effectively communicate with business colleagues in a language they can understand, and bring together people in different functions and regions to achieve a common business objective.