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Mr. Defense Contractor

About Me:

Engineer at a prime defense contractor (Raytheon/LM/Boeing), currently interfacing with customers and collaborating on next-generation designs to meet the future needs of the joint forces. Wearing many hats, from high-level design, occasional regulatory compliance, assisting in proposals, etc. 2 promotions with increasing responsibility and autonomy. Interned with the Department of Defense during college.


Undergrad School: Small Unknown Liberal Arts University

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.2

GMAT: 730

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Masters in Industrial Engineering

School Name: Regionally Known Private Engineering University

Extracurriculars: Intramural sports and church volunteering, Percussion in college orchestra

Work History:

Title: Project Engineer

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Post MBA Goal:

The goal is to transition into internal strategy role within the defense industry and work with customers/partners to define roadmaps. I would also like to be a part of the change/modernization of the defense industry, delivering products in the shorter timeframe than the current 8-10 years it takes to field systems.


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Open

Considering: Tuck, Wharton, Cornell Johnson, Columbia, NYU Stern


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! It sounds like you’re building a great career in the manufacturing/defense industry, with increasing responsibility and progression, and your career goal is perfectly logical. Your GPA is below the average for Kellogg (though the rigor of an ME major certainly would be taken into account) – since you are applying from a competitive demographic (male engineer) and your GMAT is about average for the program, it could really help to boost it by 10+ points to offset your GPA and to get above the average of Kellogg and some of the other programs you’re targeting: Wharton, CBS, Stern. Otherwise, I think these particular programs would be a stretch.

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi Mr. Defense Contractor—This is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor at Stratus Admissions—and a Kellogg MBA—reviewing your profile. First I love your background of coming from a small liberal arts school and yet also having the engineering background. Combined with your percussion background in your college orchestra, you look to have the makings of a poet and a quant! I like that you have been promoted twice and that you bring manufacturing expertise to the MBA class discussions. These are all positives—and your scores are in the strike range even if your gpa is a bit soft—hopefully it can be seen on your transcript all the difficult engineering courses you have taken. With your background in defense, you will bring valuable industry knowledge to …

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