Just a few months ago the Master of Engineering Management Program Consortium(MEMPC) hosted its first ever alumni event in Palo Alto, California. Now it is working on bringing engineering managers from all the Consortium schools all over the country together, on the east coast in Boston and New York, and right here in Chicago. Read below to learn more about the new MEMPC alumni community taking shape in the city.
On April 2, 2013, three Northwestern MEM alumni, Director Mark Werwath, and Associate Director Sue Fox met via teleconference to discuss plans for the Chicago regional MEM Program Alumni Council (MEM-PAC). The meeting came after months of initial outreach and contact as Sue Fox solicited interest in forming a stronger MEM alumni community in Chicago. Less than a month later, the Chicago regional planning committee now includes graduates from Duke, and Dartmouth with plans to expand to Stanford, Cornell, and USC soon.
While the Chicago MEM-PAC will have a chance to meet and greet at an informal mixer this summer, all four groups, including the Palo Alto community, Boston, and NY will host simultaneous events around the country in the fall. The Chicago team already has big visions for the young organization. “We want to build a community and have new opportunities to interact in professional, social, and educational settings,” Sandra Waters, a 2007 NUMEM graduate and head organizer for the group, explains.
Ms. Waters currently works as a consultant in the non-profit healthcare sector. She and her husband moved to Evanston specifically for the MEM program. “I love education and Northwestern is a great environment for learning,” she adds. They eventually purchased a house in the area because of the proximity to Northwestern and the incredible learning environment it creates. Although the ultimate goals of the Chicago MEM PAC are still forming, Ms. Waters sees ongoing education and professional development as central pillars in an active MEM community.
“Everyone has responded positively to the proposal of integrating alumni into a regional community,” Ms. Waters states. As the demand for engineering managers continue to increase, so does the need for great MEM education. Each MEM school brings a variety of skills to the table to help each other learn and grow. ALL MEMPC alumni are invited to attend the event this summer. Be sure to join the MEMPC LinkedIn group today to keep track of updates and to start making new connections today!