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 @ Work

Why did you pick WashU?

I've been fortunate to participate in multiple continual educational classes at Washington University including C++ Object Orient Programming Certification to Technical Leadership Certification. Each as 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 staff, the facilities, and the academia and practical knowledge of the professors.

What was your favorite course and why?

I have enjoyed all the classes. Each of them have been unique presented and thoroughly enjoyable. Engineering Management was the most impressionable class. The instructor was able to provide a great mix of academia, theory, and real-world mix 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 watch the business network palatable? It's only through the knowledge gained in Peggy Matson's Engineer Management class that I earned this understanding. Not only did she give us plenty of opportunities to exhibit our knowledge, she incorporated a fascinating simulation that help you practically apply the financial principles you learned through the text book readings, Harvard Business Review, and homework. Before you know it, you are so enthralled in the simulation and competition you forget it is 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 board room quality was a much. Another professor was more focus on academia and assignments; however, when I think back on it, the subject matter required it. So what am I saying, 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 patience and 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 in your mind to make that time sacrifice, enjoy the learning, the environment, and the people who are on the journey with you. I always say, life if no dress rehearsal. This is it so enjoy it to the fullest - work hard; play hard.

Do you have any work history?
20 Year Career @ The Boeing Company
- Embedded Software Engineer
- Integration Engineer
- Software Team Manager

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?
Little Bit Foundation

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 to the company.