Kathy Schaberg

Sever Institute
Degree pursuing: MS in project management
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Employer: McKelvey School of Engineering

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
Employee tuition assistance, as well as wanting to adjust career paths and needing additional experience or education to do so.

What was your favorite course and why?
Two, really. Human Performance in the Organization was a journey of self-assessment and how to position oneself for success within an organization; an eye-opening class that pushed me to find a new way to advance in my career. Cross-Cultural Negotiation gave a practical education as well as asked students to examine their own approach to interpersonal issues and leadership - how to lead with kindness, how to ensure a win-win resolution, and how to be confident in your position.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
This is a difficult question. Leah Lorendo was a true inspiration and so encouraging. She will be greatly missed. Habib Chamoun is a similarly encouraging and open instructor with an interesting perspective on the world of business.

What advice would you give to a new student?  
Do not let a lack of work experience put you off in any course. These are lessons I wish I had early in my career.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
The cost of living is manageable, especially with the numerous free or tax-supported attractions, and the dining scene is amazing.

Are you presently in the workforce or have any work history?
I am a university employee, with the majority of my career spent in research labs. I am now in research compliance/administration.

What are your plans for the future?
My new role presents opportunity to apply the project management skills to continue with advancement.