Master of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Student Life

Students in our Technology Management master’s program enjoy the benefits of being located in and around the nation’s capital. The Washington, D.C., area provides a rich environment for professional development, educational enrichment and personal enjoyment.

The Washington metropolitan area is home to thousands of technology companies, international businesses, contractors, consultants, associations and, of course, the federal government. All have demand for technology management leaders who can connect technology goals to organizational goals.

In addition to being supported by faculty, advisors, area businesses and each other, our students are also united by the program’s Technology Management Student Association (TMSA) and Georgetown University’s Women in Technology (GUWiT) group. Through all of these relationships, students are encouraged to take on leadership roles – in their communities as well as in their educational and professional pursuits. The university embraces people and ideas from all over the world.

Meet Some of Our Success Stories


Nate Schneider (’13)

  

        

Nate Schneider, from Arlington, Va., is in charge of worldwide technology service delivery for MITRE Corporation, a non-profit that is chartered to work in the public interest on information technology challenges. He is president of the Technology Management Student Association (TMSA) at Georgetown University. Connect with Nate on LinkedIn.

What’s new? Right as I started the Technology Management program at Georgetown University, I was promoted into a management position at work. I’ve also taken on a new leadership role as president of TMSA. Balancing work, travel and school commitments has been busy but fun.

So far, how has the Technology Management program impacted your career/life? It’s helped me to grow as a manager of technology, within a technical organization. It has helped me gain confidence as a manager and diversified my knowledge of managing across a range of disciplines. It has also helped me polish my presentation skills and gain experience in other new management techniques – even in finance, a topic I hadn’t been exposed to formally.

What’s the best thing about the program? The people: fellow students, professors and the program’s leadership. Everybody around you in the Technology Management program is super smart and the best at what they do. It’s really exciting to be part of this community.

What are the other students like? The students come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Since many have established careers already, they have great knowledge to share. Class discussions are always engaging. Often, we learn from each other as much as we do from the professors – in a good way.

What are the professors like? The professors are all domain experts with a wealth of both real-world and academic/theoretical knowledge. The faculty and program administrators are always attentive and willing to partner with you, the student, to assist you with any questions or problems.

Who or what has had the biggest impact on your career/life? Having a chance to work with the program leadership and other officers to reestablish the TMSA group. TMSA has been a pleasure and a highlight of my time at Georgetown – the opportunity to participate in an engaging extra-curricular activity.

What advice would you give a prospective student of the program? Don’t be afraid of the program or its workload. Clicking send on the application was the toughest part for me. I was really intimidated at the idea of going back to school. I love learning, but the commitment of classes in addition to a busy career and work travel felt daunting. The first few weeks may take some adjusting, but by the end of the first semester you’ll settle into a rhythm. I’ve taken either two or three classes each semester and it’s been manageable. Remember, you can always scale your course load to fit your life, and the professors are all super understanding of the fact that most students are working full time. So, don’t be afraid to take the plunge.

What are your future goals? I really enjoy the intersection of IT and business and will continue to pursue the management track. I will always have my roots in the technical aspects of IT and will always work to maintain that awareness and skill set (I still like to get my hands dirty), but applying technology to business problems is what gets me excited. My career goal is to work towards a director of chief information officer (CIO) role within a technical organization.


Sola Adesida (’11)

 

        

Sola Adesida is a lead consultant on clinical informatics at Kaiser Permanente. She currently lives in San Francisco. Connect with Sola on LinkedIn. Her motto: There’s more to you than meets the eye – go on and excel.

 

 

What’s new? Since graduating from the Technology Management program at Georgetown University, I relocated to a new city and have had two new jobs.

How has the Technology Management program impacted your career/life? The Technology Management degree improved my skill set and gave me more credibility in my career. I have received multiple job offers because of the Georgetown stamp.

Who or what had the biggest impact on your career/life? Pablo Molina (a faculty member and a native of Madrid, Spain). I identified with him because English is his second language, as it is mine, and his great and continuous achievements are inspiring.

What advice would you give prospective or current students of the program? Enjoy the process. Building relationships is as important as building skills. Everything you learn will become useful in your career progression quest.

What are your future goals? I see myself continuing in the management track. I will continue to enhance my skills and develop more leadership skills to help me achieve my goals.

Anything else you’d like to add? Going to the Georgetown Technology Management program is the best decision I’ve made for my career.

 


Phuong T. Nguyen (’11)

 

        

Phuong T. Nguyen, from Alexandria, Va., is a senior cyber analyst with Kingfisher Systems. Kingfisher is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that specializes in providing national security support to the U.S. government.

 

What’s new? Soon after graduation, I started my new job at Kingfisher. The job gives me the opportunity to analyze complex technical issues and draft final analytical assessments for senior executives in the U.S. government. I also provide guidance to the intelligence community on cyber topics of interest.

How has the Technology Management program impacted your career/life? I strongly believe my Technology Management degree at Georgetown University gave me the proverbial “foot in the door” for my current position as a senior cyber analyst at Kingfisher Systems. The company was looking for a more seasoned candidate. Although I was confident in my technical expertise and my U.S. Air Force experience, the Technology Management degree helped me to solidify my credentials for the position.

What’s the best thing about the program? Hands down, the people are the best thing about the Technology Management program. From the top down, the administrators, faculty and students are a joy to be around. The people in this program create a great learning environment for sharing our diverse experiences.

Who or what has had the biggest impact on your career/life? My family and friends. They inspire me to go the extra mile to achieve my personal and professional goals.

What advice would you give a prospective student of the program? Keep pushing it. Personal, professional and academic goals can all be achieved.

What are your future goals? In the near term, I’m excited about exploring new ways to secure computer networks. Hopefully, my efforts will enable a more dynamic and effective approach in protecting the computer networks that the United States relies on.

 


Find Out More about Student Life

The program’s Technology Management Student Association (TMSA) and Georgetown University’s Women in Technology (GUWiT) group are great places to learn and experience student life in the Technology Management master’s program.

Learn even more about life as a graduate student at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, including an exciting look at our new Georgetown Downtown location.

Visit Resources & Policies to find out more about student resources and academic policies. 

Visit Financial Assistance to learn more about benefits for veterans and financial aid.

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