Ben Driver, currently employed as a mechanical engineer and program manager, knew what he wanted in an engineering graduate program. He wanted a program with a specific business focus within the curriculum and he wanted to study abroad for a different engineering perspective. Merrimack offered him both.
“I enjoy the business side of engineering, where I can understand the engineer’s decisions and what they are doing, but also focus on the business as a whole.” Ben has a goal of starting his own engineering company, or eventually becoming the president of a smaller sized engineering organization.
As part of his graduate work, Ben studied in Munich, Germany. “Studying abroad in Germany immersed me in a different culture. As different as the teaching style was for Ben, he found the coursework directly contributed to his profession in the United States. “Before taking engineering courses abroad, I had never learned about embedded systems and sensors, but in the workplace, I am around engineers who talk about them every day. These courses allowed me to better understand what some of the more detailed work and challenges are for electrical and software engineers.
“It was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life and something I will never forget.”