Mr. Athletic R&D Engineer To Tech PM

About Me:

I’m an R&D engineer originally from Canada who is working for a specialized software company in the Bay Area. I’m looking to transition away from a purely technical role and into project management for companies working on cutting-edge technology.


Target School: MIT Sloan

Considering: Berkeley Haas, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago Booth

See More Profiles For: MIT Sloan

Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Queen's University

Undergrad Major: Engineering Physics

GPA: 3.47

GMAT: 730

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering

School Name: McGill University

Extracurriculars: I am a US and former Canadian National team member of an obscure sport, and have competed at several world championships.

Work History:

Title: Senior R&D Engineer

Industry: Technology

Company: Specialized Software Company

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

– Co-author of a well-cited paper published in a leading journal.
– Managed a small development team that created a software package used by many leading engineering/tech companies across multiple industries.
– Competed at the world championships for my sport.

Post MBA Goal:

I’m looking to transition out of a purely technical role and into tech project management. I’m particularly interested in startups, and companies pursuing cutting-edge technology. A position as a PM at Alphabet’s X, the moonshot factory, would be a particularly good example of this. Tech entrepreneurship is also of interest to me.


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  • mbaMission Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission. You’ve got an exceptionally well-rounded profile – engineer and athlete! One clarifying question regarding goals – when you say “project management” are you actually referring to product management? The latter is the typical post-MBA path for someone in a technical role who is looking for more of a cross-functional leadership role.

    I think you’d be a viable candidate for the schools you’re aiming for (competitive as they are) as long as you’re able to clearly articulate the motivations behind your career goals, communicate fully your professional and personal accomplishments on your resume/application, and make a strong case for why each program is a fit for you based on its culture and resources within and outside of the …

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