Alumni Spotlight: Clayton Simons

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My IEM Experience By Clayton Simons (Class of 2014)

Well, where to start. When I first applied to IEM I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into.  Initially I was thinking IEM would be something like an MBA for engineers, but was pleasantly surprised (almost shocked) to find that IEM was much more practical and real-world applicable then any MBA program ever could be.  Everything I learned in my IEM courses I wanted to write down and save for future use.

As I went through the IEM courses I began to change my way of thinking. I learned what was important to my employer (my customer), and how to stand out in the crowd of cubicles. I learned how to add value to my customer, show my value, and always be in a business for myself. I learned how to speak professionally, and what you shouldn’t do when speaking publicly. IEM has taught me how to lead from any area in a company. Gaining further understanding of business practices and life-cycles, management in all aspects, and strategic business thinking.


Welcome New Faculty: David George

David George IEM Spotlight July 2013
This year, we welcome a new faculty member who is also an IEM Alumni. David George came on board Spring 2014 and we are very excited to have him as part of the IEM team. Here, we interview him, so you can get to know him, and join us in welcoming him. 

IEM : Why did you decide to pursue a faculty position at IEM?

David: Part of my reason for pursuing the IEM degree was the thought of teaching others with the knowledge that I would gain.  Once I was involved in the program I really noticed how the individuals that were teaching the courses had a genuine interest in the clients and their success both inside and outside of the program.  I knew then that I wanted to be a part of something like this.

IEM: What courses are you teaching?

David: I am currently teaching the course titled Leading Technical Organizations.  EGR 658. 


Alumni Spotlight: Bob Woolverton Feb 2014

This was a phone conversation, this write up represents a rough transcript of our conversation. Every effort has been given to transcribe verbatim, but some technical phrasing (like definite locations and personal information) have been left out for the security of our client. 

bob woolverton

(ringing, then Bob says hello). 

IEM: Hi this is Cassidy Cash, is this Bob Woolverton?

Bob: Yes, hi!


IEM: Is this an ok time to talk about the Alumni spotlight?

Bob: Yes.

IEM: Tell me a little about yourself. I think I met you at Global Entrepreneurship Week, didn’t I?

Bob: Yes

IEM: You told me then what you do, but tell me again what you do and what part IEM played in that.

Bob: I’ve been a computer programmer for 30 years now. I started at the beginning of the golden age where automation was key (inaudible). It was good work, fun work and rewarding work. I elected at some point to stay on the technical track. I got to a point where I began to rethink that [choice]…the technical track will lead you to a place where you can get stuck…it’s hard to move up if you can’t get a management position, and it’s hard to move out and deliver the same value, to get the same compensation. So I was looking for an education track. I looked at MBA for a long while, and a friend of mine invited me to hear Dale speak at a career assistance network event…this one was actually at a church. (talks briefly about the location, the actual church)


Alumni Spotlight: Ronique Carter

Ronique Carter IEM Class of 2012
Alumni Spotlight: Ronique Carter

IEM: Who are you and what is your professional title?

Ronique: Ronique Carter.  I work for Hubbell Power Systems as the KPO Manager.  I manage change and continuous improvement throughout our facility, which includes some of the following: facility operations, product development, supply chain, key business performance indicator improvements, etc.

IEM: What motivated you to move to your current job?

Ronique: I worked at Honda in Ohio and transferred to Honda in Alabama for a plant startup project. I worked for Honda for almost 12 years. Honda is a good company, but the growth potential and lack of flexibility became stagnate issues. I was contacted by Hubbell Power Systems and they talked to me about the job description and it really fit with what I was looking for.  After I met with the VP, and the other managers at the facility, I was sold.  We were of one accord with our approaches and values.

IEM: How did you find out about IEM? Why was IEM intriguing to you? You have many options for Masters Degrees, why IEM?