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Kristie Drawe Moore

Industry Field: Transportation
Employer: Lea+Elliott, Inc.
Job Title: Project Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

What is your past work experience?

A: Railroading! I have been in the transportation industry for 10 years. I've worked in freight rail (track and project management), passenger rail (engineering and testing), transit planning (engineering) and currently working on a mega capital project (engineering and project management). I spent the first 5 years of my career railroading in the U.S. across 28 states and the past 5 years in management and engineering. The transportation industry connects everyone from all walks of life and has been a fascinating environment for me to find strength and focus.

What are your career aspirations?

A: It's simple: As a personal goal, I hope to always be challenged. Looking outward, I hope to be a role model and a resource in the transportation industry.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Living in the Northern California Bay area, I was looking for a master's degree that is technical and offered flexibility to support working in a full-time job. The METM program is the perfect combination of the highlights of a business master's degree and the scientific principles that power engineering. Engineers are innovators and problem-solvers who create solutions to benefit the world. Texas A&M is a great school and offered exactly what I had in mind.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Wherever I go, there is always somebody smarter than me; when you're given the same assignment, there are 20 ways to solve it, involving various methodologies, schedules and efforts. We come from various backgrounds and experiences and our collaborative time has bounded us as small teams. Everyone in the program represents the piece of the world that they are fighting to make a positive difference, day by day. When you have motivation and competence, nothing will stop you.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: When I was in my late twenties, I moved to one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. without a job to find adventure. I wanted to find some time to reset and figure out what I really wanted to do in my career. It definitely was a risky move, but it gave me time to travel to three countries, publish a book and create my own brand. Most of all, I had the opportunity to discover what motivates me and doing a job that maximizes my skillset while creates the necessary infrastructure for future generations. Taking risks to find meaningful rewards that make me happy is my greatest life accomplishment to date. I hope to continue to push myself to accomplish more in my lifetime.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I love spending time outdoors and exploring. On the weekends, I like to go on hikes or go on my stand up paddleboard. I have been to 40 states and 21 countries so far and would like to make all 50 states and visit more than 50 countries before I turn 50.


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Mayra Gamiddo

Industry Field: Aerospace/Defense
Employer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Job Title: Electronics Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

What is your past work experience?

A: My work experience is very diverse, from Aircraft Armament Systems to Cyberspace Operations. I had the honor to serve in the United States Airforce Reserves and the Texas Air National Guard for eight years. During this time, I worked in aircraft maintenance, weapons and Cyber-Systems Operations. I worked as a network administrator for the DoD and as an IT Service Delivery Analyst and Service Delivery Manager for a software consulting company in the civilian sector. Currently, I work for Lockheed Martin AERO under Engineering & Technology, supporting different programs.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To keep growing in the never-ending field of technology and help my company stay on top of our field by effectively leading teams and accomplishing our mission objectives. I also aspire to inspire minorities to pursue careers in STEM.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I was drawn to the METM program because of its flexibility, technology focus and industry professors.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: My teammates are amazing! We all come from all sorts of industries and backgrounds. They are eager to learn, share experiences and genuinely care for the wellbeing of each other.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Having a toddler running around the house and an amazing family that supports all my endeavors.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I moved to the U.S. at age 15 without speaking a word of English. I'm convinced that hard work, dedication and discipline will lead you to live the "American Dream" and change your family's legacy.


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John Anderson

Industry Field: Semiconductor
Employer: Applied Materials Inc.
Job Title: Application Engineer III Senior

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Business Management

What is your past work experience?

A: - 12 years Navy Electrician (Desert Storm War Veteran)
- 21.5 years with Applied Materials Inc.
- 12 years with Texas Instruments Inc Account team as Field Service Engineer, Technical Lead Engineer and Operations Manager
- Contract Performance Manager - North America Sites
- Product Technical Support - World Wide Operations
- Application Engineer - Digital Tool Team Developer and Deployment Support three years Oil and Gas with Vinson Process Controls
- Outage Coordinator - project management of plant valve maintenance and replacement projects for Electrical Plant Outages and Refinery Turnovers

What are your career aspirations?

A: To continue to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to sustain myself as a marketable competitor within the semiconductor arena (engineering, manufacturing). When an opportunity presents itself, advance my position into leadership roles with higher and greater levels of responsibilities.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The METM program was the perfect storm for me. The program is through a well-respected university in the semiconductor industry and it stems from the College of Engineering. With my years of experience in the industry, this degree keeps me competitive with the younger colleagues who are coming straight from college with Master's- and Doctorate-level degrees. I looked for years and determined that a MBA was not going to help me like the METM program would.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I have learned that although we come from various backgrounds and occupations, we have similar experiences. By sharing with each other we have been able to grow individually and collectively as a class. We are probably stronger as a class through this program than if we were sitting weekly together on campus.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My two girls. One of our main goals in life was to raise girls that were self sufficient, productive and able to make it on their own. Our oldest daughter (Aggie Class of 2017, METM ‘22) who now works for Lockheed Martin as an engineer is already there. Our youngest is a senior in high school, sixth in her class of over 450 students. She will attend Texas A&M University in the fall of 2021 in pursuit of an engineering degree.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: Just completed my 18th year serving on Red Oak ISD School Board. Re-elected this spring (three year term), and am starting my 19th year as current Board President.


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Ramón Ocañas III

Industry Field: Chemical
Employer: Entegris
Job Title: New Product Development Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

What is your past work experience?

A: My past experience includes rapid manufacturing for non-woven materials, semiconductor manufacturing, lithium battery design and manufacturing and chemical manufacturing.

What are your career aspirations?

A: After completing my degree at Texas A&M University, I hope to use this to grow into a senior management role with a focus on team development and process control. I also will plan to earn my PE in the years to come.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I chose this program because for one, it was Texas A&M, which has a rich history and a great network. Along with that, the program offered very unique classes such as emotional intelligence, project management and technical team management.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I have learned that everyone has a very unique background and that in the end, we are all here to better ourselves. It is a great feeling to know that everyone in the program is very open and willing to support everyone.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My greatest life accomplishment was completing my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. This accomplishment has given me so many opportunities, everything from participating in the NASA Zero Gravity experiment challenge to traveling the world. I did not attend university right after high school but as I got older, my priorities changed and I dedicated my life to achieving that goal. I hope to be an inspiration to others, and that my accomplishments become a motivation for someone to pursue their dreams. Everything is possible but it does take dedication and perseverance.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I have always had an appreciation for our oceans, and it has led me to be very active in that space, from scuba diving, to lifeguarding and coastal and ocean conservation.


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Christopher Wilkerson

Industry Field: Military/Aircraft Maintenance
Employer: U.S. Air Force
Job Title: F-35 Functional Manager

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics.

What is your past work experience?

A: I have been active duty military since 2006. However, I've held multiple positions and worked three different airframes: F-35, F-22 and F-16. My primary job is Avionic/Electrical and Environmental Systems, but I'm currently the Air Education and Training Command F-35 Functional Manager in the 19th Air Force stationed out of Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph.

What are your career aspirations?

A: Once my time is done in the Air Force, I intend on putting my experience and education to work for the Aerospace Industry. Currently, I'm looking at working in sustainment, training or development.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I chose METM for the uniqueness of the program. Also, this program is more suited to what I want to do when I eventually get out of the military. I see the METM program as something that will help me stand out among my peers, and will give me the skills to succeed in the civilian sector.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: The most important thing I've learned from my peers is that networking is key. Getting to know everyone and hearing about their experiences has helped me have a better understanding of what to expect when I get out of the military.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: I honestly can't pin down one single accomplishment in my life that I would consider my greatest. To me, everything I've done has been a great accomplishment. Currently, my next greatest accomplishment will be completing the METM degree at Texas A&M University.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am the first in my immediate family to complete college and move on to their Masters.


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Sarah Norton

Industry Field: Information Technology for Department of Defense
Employer: Perspecta
Job Title: Senior IT Service Delivery Representative

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

What is your past work experience?

A: Assistant Graphic Designer, United States Air Force Cyber Transport Technician and Cyber Security Liaison, Regulatory Specialist, IT Specialist, IT Service Delivery Representative, Senior IT Service Delivery Representative.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I currently have the opportunity to train and lead members of an IT infrastructure, hardware and software delivery team. I would like to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to be an IT service delivery expert and advance as a leader.

Why did you choose METM?

A: METM is filled with transferrable knowledge and skills that can be immediately used in the workplace. I chose this program because information technology and engineering often overlap in my work. Additionally, the cohort style of the program coupled with portions of the instruction taking place on campus have allowed me to participate in team building activities and take part in Aggie traditions.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: My cohort has encouraged me to welcome the process of staying up late, getting up early and pushing yourself. It takes all of these things to successfully reach a challenging goal.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My husband and I being intentional about modeling love, faith and hard work for our kids.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I was fortunate enough to be a part of the restoration the USS Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. The Wisconsin was launched in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. It is now berthed at Nauticus, National Maritime Center in Norfolk, VA. The restoration allowed museum visitors the opportunity to experience interior tours of many areas of the battleship.


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Carlos A. Perez

Industry Field: Oil & Gas
Employer: Shell Exploration and Production
Job Title: Training and Competency Lead

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in economics.

What is your past work experience?

A: I am a retired combat veteran (U.S. Navy Seabees) with over fourteen years of experience in integrated satellite and terrestrial communications. I transitioned to the oil and gas industry ten years ago as a controls and automation technologist. I am currently employed by Shell Royal Dutch and assigned to Upstreams Deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico. My responsibilities range from managing and maintaining SIL three and process control systems for offshore producing assets. My passion is around safety-critical and complex systems designed to protect our people, the environment and our communities.

What are your career aspirations?

A: As a professional employed by Royal Dutch Shell, the opportunities are endless; my ultimate goal is to be given the opportunity to become an Operations Manager for Upstream Deepwater.

Why did you choose METM?

A: METM is a very unique program that focuses on emotional intelligence. It is not a program based solely on theory; rather, on leadership skills based on real business needs applicable to today's macro-environment. I believe the METM program has all the elements needed to manage a complex operation and technical teams in the oil and gas industry.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: The learnings from other students in the cohort are endless. We have such a diverse group from all over the world. We have students and industry professors working in the middle-east, Asia and all over our country, which gives me a different perspective. The team-based environment helps me develop natural leadership skills on a global scale.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: As an immigrant to this great country, I have been given the honor to serve and defend its freedom on the battlefield. I am who I am because of the opportunities given to me regardless of my origin.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I want to teach in underserved communities to help transfer my knowledge.


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Manuel "Manny" Sanchez

Industry Field: Aerospace Aeronautics
Employer: U.S. Navy, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit
Job Title: Executive Officer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Technical Management.

What is your past work experience?

A: I have over thirty years of naval aviation experience spanning from Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom and am still active today. Highlight assignments include F-14 Tomcat Research, Test, Development and Evaluation (RDT&E), F/A-18 Hornet Operational Deployed Squadrons onboard aircraft carriers and MH-60 Seahawk Fleet Replacement Squadron (Training Squadron). No better job than leading Sailors and Marines in support of America's freedom.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To increase my knowledge and obtain necessary skills in preparation for my post military career. My goal is to join a corporate team and immediately apply my experience and skills to the organization's mission philosophy and statement.

Why did you choose METM?

A: As an Active Duty Military Naval Officer, I was in search of a professional graduate degree that would afford me the flexibility to meet my demanding work schedule. METM was the right choice and the program also provided me the flexibility to enjoy my family and hobbies while improving my professional skills.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: We can have fun, laughs and awesome social times while still learning and producing quality academic assignments.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Raising a family of good morals and character who strive to make a positive difference in the world.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I had the honor of representing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as the Maintenance Officer for the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angels for the 2008 and 2009 show seasons.


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Branden Ramsey

Industry Field: Aerospace
Employer: Axiom Space
Job Title: Scrum Master

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

What is your past work experience?

A: My work experience includes engineering projects deployed miles above the earth (for the ISS) to miles below it (in a down-hole drilling environment) and everything in between. I have had the privilege of working with NASA and Boeing as a subcontractor designing an accelerometer-based measurement system for the solar panel trusses of the ISS. I have also had the privilege to lead an amazing team responsible for designing down-hole navigation systems using gyroscopes. These devices were used by Halliburton and Schlumberger to measure the earth's rotation to pinpoint drill bit locations while drilling for oil. My current endeavor involves product management, serving as Scrum Master for Axiom Space, where I will contribute to the design, development, launch, activation and operation of the world's first commercial space station.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I believe that great engineering comes from allowing brilliant engineers the space and environment to succeed. That this environment must be created and maintained by leaders willing to let people closest to the problem be the chief problem solvers. As such, my aspirations involve reaching a level of influence to facilitate such an environment.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I was drawn to METM over an MBA because of the technical focus over the general business knowledge of an MBA. I found the curriculum in METM to be better suited and much more useful for technical fields.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I absolutely love my fellow classmates. The first week on campus was an amazing experience getting to know such an outstanding group of professionals. I have learned so much working with them. I have learned new leadership skills, gained different perspectives and sharpened many other skills as we learn together.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My wife and children are easily my greatest accomplishment. As far as my greatest professional accomplishment, I would say walking on the ISS (it was on the ground at the time but I thought it was cool nonetheless).

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am the first person in my family to ever obtain an undergraduate degree.


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Ryan Tsamouris

Industry Field: Petrochemical/Information Technology
Employer: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Job Title: Computing Solutions Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Texas A&M University.

What is your past work experience?

A: I have worked in Information Technology for about 13 years. Right out of college, I started work for a small company providing EHRs. I worked as an IT Project Manager, Implementation Specialist, Software Trainer, Server Administrator and did some work as a Sales Engineer. I eventually rose to IT Manager, where I was then picked up by Chevron Phillips to work in Remote Access (VDI, Extranet, VPN). Today, my specialty is in IT Mobility and Integration, working on modernizing and connecting workers to the info they need in the field. I occasionally speak at IT Conferences to talk about our work, and try to stay involved in the IT industry where I can.

What are your career aspirations?

A: Working IT in the Oil & Gas sector has provided me more opportunities than most, and I have been fortunate enough to have great mentors and managers to help guide me in my career. However, there has always been a drive for me to climb the ladder, and my goal is to work my way into an executive IT role. This was my reason for joining the METM program, and I can say with confidence that after I have completed the program I will be well-positioned to capitalize on the next opportunity.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Prior to learning about METM, I had clicked around the internet looking for a master's program that would both fit my life and enhance my career. Two seconds after reading the METM brochure, I knew I had found the program. As someone who puts in long hours at work and at home, I needed something that only online learning could provide, which is flexibility. I also enjoy a challenge, and if you are wanting a master's program that will take you to the next level of your career, then you have found it with METM.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I have never been part of a group filled with so many intelligent and thoughtful individuals. The METM program is incredibly diverse, and learning about my classmates' personal and professional lives has opened my eyes to opportunities I had not seen before. Working together feels more like working with professional colleagues rather than other students. One day you may be building a project plan with a chemical engineer from across the ocean. The next day you are negotiating a contract with an aeronautical engineer. The experience is both humbling and challenging, being guided by an incredibly organized staff of professors. The curriculum is equally as diverse, where you will go from learning emotional intelligence and decision making to finance and legal theory. It truly is a great experience.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Growing up on the dirt roads of East Texas, I left the small town of Latexo with an old pickup truck and a few hundred dollars to my name. I landed at Texas A&M, where I probably squandered more time than studied. Working through high school and college, I paid my own way through school and landed into the workforce unsure of where I was going. It took me longer than most to find myself, but eventually I became career driven and more importantly, a family man. My greatest accomplishment is finding my purpose as a husband and father, working to provide for them and setting a foundation for their success. Even when you come from humble beginnings, you can find your place in the world with perseverance and dedication.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am an elected official, sitting on the Board of Directors for a Municipal District with several thousand residents, and I am President of our HOA (for better or worse). There are many challenges to be found in local government, and I believe those who wish to see change in the world must start with themselves and their community. Become involved, work with your neighbors, show empathy and understanding, and work to better the lives of the people around you. There is no greater joy than helping others, and by being part of your local community you will learn both process and new skills that will help enrich both your personal and professional lives.


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Noel Lee

Industry Field: Oil & Gas
Employer: Shell
Job Title: Senior Structural Engineer 

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

What is your past work experience?

A: 10 years worked for Fluor engineering firm and 12 years for Shell oil as a structural engineer. Worked across different oil operation stages including upstream, midstream and downstream. I began my Shell career when I joined the Shell Global Solutions in 2007 as a TA2 Civil / Structural Engineer, where I was accountable for quality assurance on major projects and technical support for downstream assets. I have held a number of positions as TA and lead structural engineer roles in Deer Park Refinery, Puget Sound Refinery, Unconventional, Deep Water and most recently serving as the senior civil asset support engineer. 

What are your career aspirations?

A: Improve communication and leadership skills that can achieve professional success and to effectively attain organizational objectives.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Because it provides academic courses that are relevant and closely connected to my working environment. The curriculum is balanced with practical and theoretical approaches that can help me adopt new mindsets and perspectives to efficiently solve real world issues.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Optimization starts from embracing a variety of viewpoints which usually leads to surprising outcomes.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Being a mother of two beautiful girls.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I can train a dog to learn tricks in five minutes.


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Tyler James

Industry Field: Aerospace/Defense
Employer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Job Title: Field Sales Support Systems Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Disability Studies from University of Texas Arlington.

What is your past work experience?

A: I started with Lockheed Martin in 2015 as a Parts Information Specialist for F-16 Technical Publications. In 2018, I moved to LM Missiles and Fire Control as a Purchasing and Materials Analyst for several hypersonic missile programs. In 2019, I returned to Aeronautics in my current role as a Systems Engineer for the F-35 Program's Data Quality Integration Management group. I also served 6 years in the United States Air Force as an engine mechanic on F-16s, and worked briefly for Pratt and Whitney as an engine technician on the F-35 before joining Lockheed Martin.

What are your career aspirations?

A: My goals include gaining knowledge and work experience across the various lines of business within my company, becoming a team lead, working as a program manager on a major development project and someday ascending the corporate ladder to an executive role.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Even though I have years of experience working in STEM fields, my prior education does not directly correlate with my career. The METM program seemed like a perfect opportunity to build on the knowledge I have learned in my industry and in my military service, while also providing me the leadership and business training that I will need to elevate my career to new heights. Also, I couldn't resist my opportunity to finally become an Aggie.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: It has been an incredible experience learning about a myriad of different industries outside of my own. I have always felt as though people in the aerospace industry are very passionate about what they do, but I did not realize the level of dedication and hard work that it takes to become an expert in energy, cyber security, civil engineering and so many more fields. Through my classmates, I have gained a deeper appreciation for all disciplines of engineering.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: I am pretty proud of my military service, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2016, as well as going back to school in my late 20s to finish my bachelor's degree. However, my greatest accomplishment is definitely the two beautiful kids that my wife and I have. They bring so much joy into our lives and they make everything I am doing to provide a better upbringing for them worthwhile.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: Since "James" is such a common first name, I am inevitably called by some sort of incorrect combination of my names (Mark Tyler James) everywhere I have worked. At one place I allowed the HR department to refer to me as "James TAYLOR" for two years without correcting them. Because of this, a friend of mine at Lockheed decided to welcome me there in 2015 with a "signed" poster of James Taylor in my cubicle as a joke. To this day I still proudly display it in my office, as well as call my son "Sweet Baby James." Sometimes you just gotta own it.


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Ryan Christopher Holt

Industry Field: Oil and Gas
Employer: Siemens
Job Title: Production Supervisor

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology

What is your past work experience?

A: United States Marine Corps infantry and amphibious assault vehicle combat veteran in the Global War on Terrorism, CAD Designer, Manufacturing Engineer, Production Engineer and Production Supervisor.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to establish and sustain myself as a marketable competitor within oil and gas EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction), and with each career move, advance my position as a leader.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The curriculum compliments my career aspirations and uniquely identifies me in a market flooded with MBAs. Additionally, the flexibility of the program allows me to better prioritize it alongside the other aspects of my life, which consist of a demanding wife and two children, and an even more demanding full-time job. Lastly, the academic Engineering name ID, along with the student body and former student culture associated with Texas A&M, is second to none.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: How to be a formidable jokester.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Successfully leading Marines in combat operations.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am a sixth-generation Texan and a qualifier (via genetics) of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.


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Paul Scott Carman

Industry Field: Oil and Gas
Employer: ConocoPhillips
Job Title: Completion Fluid Specialist

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

What is your past work experience?

A: Over 25 years of experience in oil and gas with service companies providing technical expertise for problem solving in various product lines, R&D, training and onshore and offshore completions operations experience. I am an inventor/co-inventor on 12 patents and have published over 35 papers.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To become a Principal Scientist within the Global Wells group supporting the business units worldwide.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I chose the program because of the offerings and the program fit well with my current job duties and would compliment my experiences. Because of my scientific background, I did not want to get an MBA but wanted to have a better understanding of other parts of the business such as finance and supply chain. The program is a fantastic blend of these.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: The many different disciplines and types of experiences create a unique environment. Listening to different ideas can actually help solve potential problems you haven’t even thought of yet.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am an amateur photographer.


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Lisa Ely

Industry Field: Test and Measurement
Employer: National Instruments
Job Title: Technical Services Group Manager

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Management, Computer Information Systems

What is your past work experience?

A: I am blessed to have worked at the same company for almost 29 years. At National Instruments, we help engineers, technicians and scientists "do more, innovate faster, and easily integrate new technologies." The products we create are utilized by people all over the world. My career at National Instruments started in 1991 where I worked in Customer Service. One year later, I moved to engineering where I was the administrator to a vice president/co-founder and his team. He allowed me to grow my own career by looking for opportunities for advancement. That team was responsible for LabVIEW, a systems engineering software package for test, measurement and control. I created the Software Technician role in LabVIEW and performed that role for a few years. In 2002, I went back to school and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree while continuing to work full-time. Afterwards, I started supervising and later managed a team which consisted of software technicians, desktop support technicians and software engineers. I currently manage of team of highly talented software and hardware technicians whose contributions span across R&D.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I'd like to continue growing my career as a people manager. I enjoy helping shape the careers of others and am proud when I see what they've accomplished. I want to be the best manager I can be and I feel that the METM degree will help in that endeavor.

Why did you choose METM?

A: For a couple of years, I knew I wanted to obtain a master's degree from Texas A&M University. I periodically reviewed the Texas A&M website, looking for an online degree program where I could be successful. I found that in METM. In fact, I felt the degree program was written just for me because it was so perfectly aligned with my career goals.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: METM class of 2020 has an awesome group of students. We have a great blend of people in different industries who have various life experiences. Through that diversity, we have worked together to achieve our goals and have brought out the best in each other. We encouraged each other when challenges occurred and celebrated our victories together. This cohort has epitomized what it means to be an Aggie.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: For years, the concept of going to college was just a dream I thought outside my reach. Through support from National Instruments and my family, I accomplished that dream in 2008 and am now working toward next goal - my master's degree from Texas A&M. Although my husband and I have been 12th Man members and football season ticket holders for 20 years, we weren't considered 'real' Aggies. Now, I can proudly say I'm in the Texas A&M METM class of 2020. The phone call from Dr. Zoghi congratulating me on being accepted into the program is a call I will never forget!

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: Growing up, my family raised and trained Arabian horses. We often went to horse shows and participated in various competitive classes. My mother even made the costumes for the humans AND the horses which were displayed in the show ring. My earliest memories in life always involved horses, and my sisters and I learned at an early age what it meant to be responsible.


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Tyler Hurst

Industry Field: Semiconductor
Employer: Cypress
Job Title: MTS Equipment Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

What is your past work experience?

A: I started at Samsung Austin Semicondutor and spent three years learning the ion implant process as well as equipment. After mastering process, equipment was far more challenging so I pursued a career on the equipment side. I moved to New York and started up a new fab called Global Foundries. After six years of tool installs and the fab's own challenges, I decided to move back to Texas so I could be closer to family and much better food. I've been at Cypress just about two years now.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I see myself in a technical leadership role much like I am in now but with a much higher level of influence. I've seen decisions throughout my current career be made with little or no data. Wants and short-sighted goals in mind that hurt more than help long term are things I want to eliminate by turning data driven decisions into prosperous growth and longevity in the company I work for.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The METM program is one of the highest ranked in the nation. After graduating from this program, my professional expectations will undoubtedly align with my aspirations of Director/VP level management sooner rather than later.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Diversity is our strength and our future leadership will change the world for the better.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Meeting my fiancée and soon-to-be wife Susan in June. Being able to sustain my rich relationships with my family and friends. Earning my undergraduate degree at the best University in the world, Texas A&M, and being accepted into the METM masters program.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: My passion has always been to pursue what I consider the best of the best. I have a good nose for good things and good people. I love to laugh even through the tough times in life. I'm a firm believer that you can always make something better with the exception of my wife Susan. She's beyond the best ever!


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Nathan Smith

Industry Field: Defense - U.S. Navy
Employer: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division
Job Title: System Test Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Maritime Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University at Galveston.

What is your past work experience?

A: After college, I served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy. Most of what I did was engineering related on ships, but my last tour saw me doing operational test and evaluation on new mine warfare systems the Navy was fielding. I really became interested in testing and enjoyed being able to apply my experience and knowledge to make sure sailors were receiving new equipment that truly benefited them. After eight years in the Navy, I decided to leave and dip my toe in the civilian workforce. I worked for a year as a potline supervisor for ALCOA in Texas. Realizing that wasn't the job for me, I moved to Florida and went back to work for the government doing what I enjoy: test and evaluation for the Navy.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I really enjoy the hands-on aspects of my job but I believe that I am ready to assume a more managerial role in Test and Evaluation at my command.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Much of what I do is of a technical management nature. When researching programs that would benefit my career growth, I felt the METM program was the best one to apply my GI Bill toward.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I have learned that we all have unique challenges in our jobs and lives and by sharing our lessons learned, we can help others overcome those hurdles when they arise.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Being able to serve my country in the Navy as well as being able to continue to serve as a civilian.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: Hurricane Michael did a number on my town last October. Like many people in my community, I lost my house and have been adapting to the new normal here. I appreciated the METM instructors working with me during the extended periods of no internet or electricity last fall and my classmates for helping me get caught up. The hurricane allowed me to start over much from scratch and pursue other dreams I had. I recently bought 33 acres and tractor and have started my path to a more rural life.


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Matthew Wiszowaty

Industry Field: Marine Engineering
Employer: GEA Mechanical Equipment
Job Title: Marine, Energy, Oil & Gas Sales Engineer

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

What is your past work experience?

A: My first seven years out of school I worked onboard various types of vessels (container, oil tanker, drill ships) as a Marine Engineer. I worked my way through 3rd, 2nd and then 1st Engineer during this time of my career. Just over three years ago I transferred into an engineering sales position with GEA who manufactures centrifuges onboard vessels I sailed on as well as many other industries.

What are your career aspirations?

A: During my career I would always like to challenge myself with new opportunities. There is not an end goal, of say CEO of a company, but rather continuously challenge myself with new risks and opportunities.

Why did you choose METM?

A: METM was the perfect mix of what I was looking for. I did not want to select a program that was entirely online. Meeting my classmates meant, meeting the team that would lean on each other when things got tough. Group projects would mean more because we were physically talking to each other. I also liked that we are all engineers of some sort and have had to work in the industry. This means we have worked with both street smarts and not just book smarts. Being from out of state, I thought it was an awesome opportunity to network at a top-notch university and I am very happy with my decision.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: We all are looking to succeed, and we all have other things going on. Many of us travel, all of us have families, some have kids, some are in new industries, but we all are here for the end goal of learning and doing our best. Knowing this makes the frustrating days a bit easier knowing you have a team right behind you to fight along with you. In just a year and a half, we have all made lifelong friends. We were all strangers that first day, but, like I have heard before, strangers are just friends that have not met!

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Leaving Florida at the end of High School to go to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. That one decision was scary at that point to leave home on a plane destined for a place where I did not know a soul. I remember the day my mom, dad, sister and brother dropped me off at the airport and I was let go and free. It led me to independence in going to sea, moving after across the country, taking challenging risks, meeting new people, buying houses, and starting this program. That was taking the road less traveled and my greatest accomplishment to date because it has brought me so many great stories, memories and my own feeling of success.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: When I was around eight years old, my mom would give me super long, long division problems when we went out to dinner to keep me from adventuring around the restaurant. She said I was destined to be an engineer. She also told me one day she saw me working on ships. Moms are always right! YOU BET I'M GOING BACK TO SEA!


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CJ Thornton

Industry Field: Engineering Heavy Construction
Employer: Caterpillar
Job Title: Quality Manager

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

What is your past work experience?

A: I left school and worked my first job as a Material Engineer Specialist for a piping design firm. I then recruited on with Caterpillar 8 years ago as a Manufacturing Engineer charged with helping to build a new Hydraulic Excavator facility in south Texas. I became the supervisor over that team and then moved on to be a project manager for my facility. My next role was in supply chain as a Demand and Order Manager for a few years until I transitioned to my current role as a Quality Manager.

What are your career aspirations?

A: My career goal is to become a Facility Manager and to eventually retire with Caterpillar.

Why did you choose METM?

A: It fits my career perfectly. The best way I can think to describe it is as if I am getting a business degree but with all of the specific things I need to know about the technical industry I work in every day. I'm not just learning to evaluate profit, but to evaluate operating profit after cost of goods sold. I am learning how to make decisions based on potential return on investments based on industry factors, not just Wall Street.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: The other students in the group are amazing. We are from such diverse backgrounds that it lends to the learning process. Seeing firsthand how other companies and industries tackle their own challenges either lends new perspective and ideas or lends camaraderie in the similarities.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My greatest life accomplishment is my husband of 11 years and my two daughters.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I was a Neeley Hall Crew Chief for off campus Student Bonfire in 2004 at Texas A&M.


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Gray Lankford

Industry Field: LED
Employer: GEN LED Brands
Job Title: Distribution Sales

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Manufacturing and Mechcanical Engineering Technology

What is your past work experience?

A: Before I entered my recent sales role, I was the Senior Project Manager of our R&D team, overseeing the development of new LED fixtures and modules to light the world. I worked my way up from a Junior Mechanical Engineer position, learning the basics of LED design, system management and application use case. Focusing on developing a strong knowledge base in my field allowed me to be a successful manager, delivering new products to the market with excellent margins. These skills have transitioned well into my sales role as I train our customers to use our product so that they feel confident when using and installing products.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I plan to start my own business one day. I'm not sure what the business will be, I am very good at taking others ideas and making them a reality. This could mean I continue to do product development across a wide range of fields and applications. If you have an idea, reach out and let's see if it is something we can create a success story out of.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The course curriculum seemed very similar to the work I was currently doing along with a few new areas focused on business. I though I would have success in this degree plan by reinforcing my professional work - turns out I was right.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: The friendships and experience of classmates and professors is the true treasure of the METM program. You meet people from all kinds of industries. Sharing experiences and different methods of work opens your eyes to the possibilities ahead.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My family. Moving into my sales role allowed me to relocate my wife and kids back to our hometown with about 20 family members around us which has been a huge help since we recently had twins! A family of 6 with 4 kids under 4 needs all hands on board! 

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I won a state championship in football my senior year of highs school, the first one in Liberty Hill's history. My wife loves when me and my friends get together and reminisce. It was 12 years ago, but the teamwork an dedication it took to play at a championship level sticks with me today. If I find myself slacking, I think back to the dedication and high level of practice we had to maintain for years to reach our goal. The same is required to be successful in life and business. If you allow yourself to become stagnant, someone will pass you by.


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John Portillo

Industry Field: Energy
Employer: AZZ Nuclear
Job Title: Senior Director Nuclear Sales Operations

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Industrial Distribution

What is your past work experience?

A: I have been with AZZ Nuclear (formerly NLI) for 22 years. I have progressed from regional account manager, senior sales manager, director of international and strategic accounts to my current position. I have transitioned from field sales to senior management.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To continue to grow my EQ and help others grow in their careers.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The program had a strong mix of financial and technical focus that I have been looking for in a program. The online based program allows me to split time evenly between family, work and school. It has been challenging but completely manageable.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: I have learned to appreciate the differences in people and have been continuously amazed at the willingness of everyone to jump in and help any member of our cohort.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: I was somehow able to convince my wife to marry me.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I love martial arts. I have trained in 5 different disciplines and have a black belt or advanced rank in 2 of the 5.


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Lance Nelson Decker

Industry Field: Technology
Employer: BlueCats US LLC
Job Title: Vice President of Program Management

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from UT Tyler.

What is your past work experience?

A: USAF - 1980 - 1995
Motorola - Technical Instructor - 1995 - 1996
TSR Wireless - Director R&D - 1996 - 2000
Wireless Applications Corp - VP Sales Eng 2000 - 2001
Wireless Innovations Inc. Owner 2001 - 2005
Space Data Corporation - Manager Field Applications Eng 2005 - 2007
Identec Solutions - Program Manager - 2007 - 2011
HotHead Technologies - Director R&D 2011 - 2014
Tenaris - Sr. Automation Specialist - 2014 - 2018
BlueCats US LLC 2018 - Present

What are your career aspirations?

A: I would like to continue to grow in engineering project management and eventually be a CTO of a company.

Why did you choose METM?

A: When I read about the program, I immediately recognized that this is the program I had been looking for. I had tried an MBA program, but realized early on that my path was more technical. This program gives me up to the minute immediately applicable skills to use in my current role.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: My cohort is very strong in a number of ways. Everyone pursues excellence in every portion of the program. We get along very well and even though we are remote most of the time from each other, we have built strong bonds.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My time serving in the U.S. Air Force was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Beyond that, I am able to teach others about grief and grief recovery. I'm quite proud of the number of people I have been able to help.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I am trying to teach myself how to frame artwork. It is a chance to use my hands and create something of beauty.


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Taylor Leach

Industry Field: Building Automation Solutions and Energy Management
Employer: Schneider Electric
Job Title: BMS Product Specialist Engineer - Solutions Engineering Team

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: I graduated with one degree in Technology Management, a second degree in Human Resource Development, and a minor in Business Administration.

What is your past work experience?

A: Currently, I work with a team to provide engineering support, architectural advice, technical support, and real-time troubleshooting of systems ranging from pre-construction all the way to final install and follow up service for all of North America. Before Schneider Electric, I spent about 5 years or so moving up through desktop support at various companies and finally landed at Texas A&M to become an IT Systems Administrator.

What are your career aspirations?

A: My most ambitious career goal at the moment is to become a CIO or maybe even a CISO. My current company provides me so many avenues to continue growing personally and professionally, so I see this goal being obtainable in the company I am in now.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I chose METM because it followed very closely to my undergraduate degree (Technology Management vs Technical Management). METM also has offered a vision to take what I wanted to do professionally to the next level by providing me with the necessary skills to communicate with people, manage teams and projects, and continue honing my skills as a leader all while being able to provide a deeper level of engineering knowledge in my field.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: With being one of the youngest in the program, the availability of knowledge and experience in so many different industries is something that is unparalleled to any program, school, or event I have ever been a part of by far. This has been one of the first times I have interacted with this many professionals in such an intimate setting. While the competitive nature is there, the willingness to help each other and lift one another up has been astounding.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Coming from a blue collar family, I say persevering through college and graduating with two degrees is my greatest accomplishment so far and being accepted into Texas A&M's engineering program is a close second. However, I am very ambitious, so these will not be the greatest achievements over my lifetime.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: One unique thing about myself that surprises people is that I'm somewhat of an endurance junkie. I think it stemmed from being told I could not do something. I enjoy running long distance obstacle course races and completed five of them last year. I also conquered six different 14,000+ ft mountains covering over 40 miles within three days in Colorado last September. Some people call that sort of thing crazy. I call it a great big dose of mental sobriety!


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Pablo Antonio Anzueto

Industry Field: Plastics/Petrochemicals
Employer: Ravago Americas
Job Title: Project Manager/SME for Bulk Solids Handling & Plant Engineering

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution

What is your past work experience?

A: Since 2005 I have worked in the plastics industry serving many roles in sales, engineering, equipment specification and system design/troubleshooting. I have worked with many groups worldwide in the plastics/petrochemical industry. I currently serve at Ravago Americas as a Project Manager/Engineer assisting our worldwide group with process specifications, plant systems and troubleshooting support.

What are your career aspirations?

A: My goal is to become the Vice President of Ravago North America, assisting our various business units with technology improvements that help serve our customers.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The program complements my role and it adds value by introducing me to different techniques and methods to better understand not only who I am as a person, but to translate that into accomplishing the goals of our company. The various aspects of financial, operations and people management are very important in my field and the METM program has the tools necessary to take me to the next level.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: My classmates come from different backgrounds and industries. They have allowed me to understand how different companies operate and they bring different skills that I have learned to incorporate into my daily work/life schedule.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: I am a father to two beautiful children and have an amazing wife who encourage me to do better each and every day. That, to me, has been my greatest accomplishment to continue to give my family the best I can.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: For the last 14 years out of school, I have had the blessing to be able to travel the world. Experiencing different cultures, food, and meeting new people has opened my eyes to what this world has to offer. My travels have changed the way I manage myself with the ultimate goal to take care of my family. These experiences, that most people unfortunately don't have, is what is unique about me.


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Chauma L. Smith Guss

Industry Field: Information Technology
Employer: Texas A&M College of Engineering IT
Job Title: Senior IT Professional I

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

What is your past work experience?

A: I spent 18 years in the private sector working first as a data analyst, progressing through tier 2 technical support into virtual systems administration and engineering. For the past three years, I have been working for the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as part of the team developing and maintaining virtualization technologies to support virtual labs and distance learning using Citrix and VMWare. Recently, I have been delving into Amazon's cloud technologies as a logical next step in virtualization.

What are your career aspirations?

A: I am expanding my role from technical specialization into team leadership with the ultimate goal of leading a solid group of creative specialists providing innovative solutions for processing information into data and applications that have practical relevance to business units and non-technical clients.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The program fits my need to broaden my professional skillsets, feeding my deep curiosity about not only computing systems and processes but also business and leadership logistics and processes. It serves to round out my knowledge base and fill in the gaps of my experience to allow me to take the next steps.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Every day I learn more about other businesses and industries, what works, and what's improving. The talent and enthusiasm among my peers never ceases to impress me. Our strength is in our willingness to pull together so we all reach the finish line.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Forging a career in technology out of a passion for clear communication.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: Despite my professional passion for technology, at home I prefer things as simple and unplugged as practical.


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Ted Machicek

Industry Field: Technology
Employer: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Job Title: Operations Manager\Chief-of-Staff

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Business Administration

What is your past work experience?

A: In the last 35 years, I served four years in the United States Marine Corps. At the end of my service, I was hired by NASA where I worked on the extra vehicular suits, trained the crew members selected for EVA (spacewalks), and supported multiple shuttle missions. Seeking to expand my skills, I took positions as CADD designer in several large Oil and Chemical companies (Shell, BASF, etc.). Ultimately, this experience created an opportunity to join Compaq Server Group, now known as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where I have managed projects and teams across the US, China, Taiwan and India.

What are your career aspirations?

A: Learn, improve and provide value to any challenge where my skills might prove beneficial. Simply put, to make a difference is the driving force behind my efforts.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The program is essentially a customized a degree plan based on my current role at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Being a Texas native (Port Lavaca, Texas) and a life long Aggie fan, when I saw the opportunity to pursue a master's degree directly related to my career, not to mention the opportunity to become the proudest member of Texas A&M (Class of 2020), there was no other option for me.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Diversity and multiple points of view from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My greatest accomplishments are still ahead of me as I take the knowledge gained from METM forward.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: During my enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, I was assigned to HMX-1 (Marine One) and supported President Reagan and Vice President Bush (1984-1988).


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John Alan Lyons

Industry Field: IT
Employer: Self-Employed
Job Title: President, JALINC

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science

What is your past work experience?

A: HP, IBM, GTE and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner. All of my career was based in IT and Telecommunications including Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Systems Architecture, Section Manager/ SME subject matter expert and other titles along the path. I worked with WAN/LAN in both voice, data, video and various email systems. At HP, I worked on a team migrating all worldwide Communications to VoIP based Skype for Business at more than 800 sites around the globe.

What are your career aspirations?

A: Upon graduation, I hope to return to A&M as an instructor.

Why did you choose METM?

A: Dr. Zoghi is the most influential reason I picked the program and because it is such a great opportunity to expand horizons and hopefully give back some of the immense blessings I have received.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: A fine bunch of folks who care and are willing and able to pitch in for other's success. I think we complement each other due to our diversity and different backgrounds and experience.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: I hope I have yet to achieve my greatest accomplishment! Two things come to mind, Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force and graduating from Texas A&M University the first time.


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Ysabel Ledezma

Industry Field: Energy
Employer: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Job Title: District Service Manager

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems

What is your past work experience?

A: Retired 22 years service in the Texas Army National Guard. Previous experience includes being a project manager of a software development team.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To position myself for a director-level position or move laterally within Siemens Gamesa.

Why did you choose METM?

A: I needed a graduate level program that would benefit my current job role and still allow me to work a job that requires 50% travel.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: Teamwork makes good things happen!

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: Commissioning as second lieutenant via the Officer Training Command program in the United States Navy.


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Fernando Guirola

Industry Field: Manufacturing Engineering/Project Management
Employer: TAM International
Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer/Global Project Manager

What type of Bachelor's Degree did you earn?

A: Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

What is your past work experience?

A: Most of my career has been in the oil and gas industry focusing in manufacturing. I have worked at several large and small iconic oil and gas companies such as Lufkin, Baker Hughes and TAM. I love the manufacturing environment and the advancements in technology over the last 15 years.

What are your career aspirations?

A: To become a director in manufacturing and grow towards being a VP and eventually CEO of a company. Additionally, I want to start my own company with my wife and make a difference by providing jobs here in the U.S. but most importantly back home in Guatemala.

Why did you choose METM?

A: The courses offered were ideal to me as they are very practical and can be immediately applied to both my professional and personal life.

What have you learned from other students in the cohort?

A: We are a very tight-knit group that supports each other in the good times but more importantly in the bad. I have learned so much from the cohort through the sharing of different ideas, views and experiences.

What is your greatest life accomplishment?

A: My family - both of my kids and my wife.

Tell us one unique thing about yourself.

A: I placed 4th in a Sailing World Championship in France skippering my boat as part of the Guatemalan National Team. I am also a Marathon and Half Marathon runner.