Engineering grads: getting down to business
Business, engineering and a Milwaukee manufacturer join forces for engineering grads.
by Christopher Stolarski
These graduates are very competent engineers, but they don’t have enough appreciation for the business side.” That’s what Keyes Dean of Business Administration Brian Till says his college often hears from businesses that employ engineering graduates.
The Opus College of Engineering, College of Business Administration and Milwaukee-based manufacturer Rexnord are joining forces to address that shortcoming with a concept that Till says has been “bubbling up for years.” The result is Bridge to Business, an immersive, four-week experience to give early career engineers business fundamentals.
“As engineers advance in their careers, their leadership of major projects and new ventures is greatly influenced by their business acumen and their ability to see how innovation and technology development fit into the bigger picture,” says Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of Engineering.
Bridge to Business is supported by a $1 million gift from Rexnord. The first cohort of approximately 20 participants is set to begin this summer, soon after most members of this inaugural class pick up their engineering degrees from Marquette. Through a blend of classroom and real-world interactive learning opportunities, program participants will study the integration of business disciplines, including finance, marketing, supply chain management and information technology — all with an engineering overlay.
“Bridge to Business was designed specifically with engineers in mind, with input from faculty and leadership from both colleges, as well as our business community partners,” says Kevin Walsh, adjunct instructor of business and a professional engineer who helped lead the program’s development. “What’s more, it represents an excellent example of the productive partnership between engineering and business to advance Marquette’s vision of innovation and collaboration.”