• Northbrook High School - 1987
  • University of Texas at Austin, BS Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA in Plan II Liberal Arts Program
  • Wharton, MBA

My favorite college memories are activities with ASME and the Student Engineering Council.  I developed lifelong friends and learned a lot about leadership.  I spent several years working in supporting roles for chemical plants and then transitioned to Sales roles.  I held technical sales and sales manager roles for Nalco Chemical, GE, and PPG.  At PPG, I held several executive roles in sales.  I was promoted to General Manager Asia Pacific and moved to China where I still live today.  I changed jobs to Dell in 2009 and today I lead a global team as Executive Director of Supplier Quality. The SPE-GCS scholarship have an impact because first, receiving scholarships was very important for me to be able to afford college.    Second, my scholarships always motivated me.  I always felt I needed to repay the investment others were making in me by working hard.  I packed my schedule with 18+ hours a semester and never missed class.    I did not know any engineers when I chose engineering as field of study.  But I enjoyed math and physics and others help to point me in this direction.    My advice to current students is twofold:

  1. Be hands on - Many classes that I initially thought were not very interesting are very important and interesting to me today:  Materials, Test and Measurement methods, Statistics.  
  2. Never stop learning - take classes that interest you even if they aren't required.  Take advantage to open courseware and all the tools available to learn today.