Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Fisk University

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
A promise to my mother and career opportunities at work.

Why did you pick WashU?

I've been fortunate to participate in multiple continuing education classes at Washington University including C++ Object Orient Programming Certification to Technical Leadership Certification. Each has enhanced my technical skill level and improved my professional development. Pursuing a master's degree was a natural progression. I greatly appreciate the helpfulness of the WashU staff, its facilities, and the academic and practical knowledge of WashU's professors.

What was your favorite course and why?
I have enjoyed all the classes. Each of them has been uniquely presented and thoroughly enjoyable. Engineering Management was the most impressive class. The instructor was able to provide a great mix of academia, theory and real-world applications to help convey financial principles to a non-financial major in a way that was understandable and usable. Who would have ever thought that I could have developed a level of financial intelligence that would make watching the business network palatable?

It's only through the knowledge gained in Peggy Matson's Engineering Management class that I earned this understanding. Not only did she give us plenty of opportunities to exhibit our knowledge, she also incorporated fascinating simulations that helped us apply the financial principles learned through the textbook readings, Harvard Business Review and homework. Before we know it, we were so enthralled in the simulation and competition we forget it was class work.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
I enjoyed each of my professors. Each for a different reason. One was extremely practical in his approach to class; not much work weekly, but professionalism and class presentation that were real-world boardroom quality was a must. Another professor was more focused on academics and assignments. When I think back on it, the subject matter required it. Take each professor as they are and adjust yourself to make it the best fit possible.

What advice would you give to a new student?
Be patient and live in the moment. I know grades are super important, but focus on the learning, enjoy the process and the grades will come. I'm not saying that it is not a time commitment  — it truly is. However, once you've made up your mind to make that time sacrifice, enjoy the learning, the environment and the people who are on the journey with you. Life is no dress rehearsal. This is it, so enjoy it to the fullest.

Do you have any work history?
I have a 20-year career at The Boeing Company as an embedded software engineer, integration engineer and software team manager.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue to pursue leadership roles in the company and help recruit, develop, and coach future engineering talent in the company.