Student Spotlight: Yuji Harada

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Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Yuji graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He spent his summer as an Asia Pacific Portfolio Strategy intern at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Prior to his internship, his last full-time position was a Body Design Engineer at Honda Research of Americas. When Yuji is not watching or playing soccer, you can find him grinding coffee beans to make his morning coffee.

Favorite Class or Teacher: “Engineering Management with Dave Semb was a great course to start the program.  The class introduced me to processes of how certain business decisions (schedule/budget/product features) are made. Coming from auto industry, it was fun to do a simulation running an automotive company from business/management perspective.  The skills I learned from the course was applicable to my internship this summer when I assessed opportunities for Jeep brand vehicles in APAC (Asia Pacific) markets.”

Best Part about MEM:  “The program allowed me to understand the language of business through cases that are related to my background in engineering.  Before the program, I was familiar with how certain functions of the company including finance, procurement, and marketing impacted my work as an engineer, but was unaware of how they came up with their conclusions.  Now, I am more understanding of how and why certain business decisions are made.”

Word of advice to future students:  “I think it’s important to not only focus on classes but to network with other classmates and alums of the program.  We have variety of people from different backgrounds and industries.  Getting involved with groups like Student Advisory Board is an easy way to interact with students in the program.”

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