Director; Industrial Engineering — Noranda Alumina
Explain your career path
I worked my way through an organization from machine operator to Plant Manager by the age of 25. I then changed jobs (moving the Cape) and decided I needed a degree to go along with drive (an what I thought at the time) was vast experience. Once graduated I decided to expand my horizons and experiences and caught on with a Management Consulting company and was fortunate enough to work with companies like Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Newport News Shipbuilding, The United States Navy and others. Hired by a "client" I rose to the position of Vice President of Administrative Services of a company with 1,200 employees. After twelve years the organization was acquired by a European conglomerate and I was displaced in a Reorg. I am now the Director of Industrial Engineering for an Alumina refinery in Louisiana, and winding down what has been a wide-ranging career.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
Proximity was the big driver. I had moved to Cape Girardeau county for a job. As a "non-traditional student" (Over 25, married with a family I required an institution that allowed me to pursue my degree at night. SEMO fit the bill and after many years of part-time night school, my goal was met. Nothing but good things to say about my experiences there.
Describe Southeast in three words.
Flexible yet solid.