What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?

It is an appropriate degree for advancement in company, Pfizer.

Why did you pick WashU?

It is the best school in the area.

What was your favorite course and why?

Strategic Management of Innovation

Who is your favorite instructor and why?

Tom Kulik. Tom provides a relaxed and realistic way of looking at different product and process innovations, and promotes creativity in how different technologies can be implemented into a number of fields originally thought unthinkable.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Be proactive in your education. Professors are more than willing to go the extra mile for you to help you understand, and learn to rely on your fellow students for extra expertise in their field. Collaboration is critical once you are in the workforce, so you may as well get started while in school.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

The food scene is very underrated. Clayton, Maplewood, the Delmar Loop and Tower Grove all have a massive variety of food and drink to offer. Second Shift brewery is one of my favorites for fun craft beers combined with board games and Guerrilla Street Food.

Do you have any work history? If yes, please describe.

  • Professional baseball player, San Francisco Giants organization (five years - up to AAA)
  • R&D work at Pfizer Inc. (two years)

What are your plans for the future?

Once I've finished my engineering management degree, I plan to go into my company's business operations group to combine finance and R&D experience to advance my company with new technologies and higher efficiencies.