Evan Markman Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
What sparked your interest in entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship sparked my interest because, like engineering, it took a combination of creativity, mathematics, strategy, analysis, innovation, and science.
Most people think of engineering as boring and purely mathematical, but to be honest it requires a great deal of innovation and creativity. It provides the ability to make something that has never been done before, and if you had not done it, it's possible no one else would have. For example, if Newton had not discovered his Three Laws of Motion, someone else would have. The same goes for Maxwell's Equations. Those are scientific, and are constant laws that would have most likely been discovered at a later time by other people.
However, entrepreneurship and engineering create things that have never been conceived before, and may not have been unless their particular inventor created them. If the telephone had not been created, someone could have created a different form of communication. If the Internet had not been created, who knows how society may differ. Entrepreneurship provides one with the ability to not only put society on a whole other path never before traveled, but also may change how we live forever.
What was your favorite entrepreneurship course?
Definitely IEMS 325, because we were given enough leeway for our own projects, but also enough guidance so we did not get off track. I took what I learned from IEMS 225, and expanded upon it. The IEMS 225 to IEMS 325 and beyond tracks are fantastic, and similar to how IEMS 202 and IEMS 303 are gateways to truly understanding the foundations of IE, IEMS 225 and 325 provide a way to really understand entrepreneurship, and the balance of resources that will allow you to most likely succeed during an endeavor.
What advice do you have for future certificate pursuers?
Don't just stop at the certificate, but consider participating in pitch challenges and actually getting financial backing for your projects. Each professor is a great resource for not only information and advice, but also connections to new opportunities that can either land you a new job, or even better, allow you to create your own job for yourself by starting a company.
What are your next steps after graduation or what are you currently doing now?
I'm currently working at Microsoft as an IT service management consultant. I love it because besides all of the travel, which allows me to see all of North America, I also get to consult at a new company every week or two, and get experience seeing many different industries and types of people. I mainly work on operational readiness for the cloud, gap analyses regarding each customer's IT organization's maturity, strategic reviews, and improvement programs. I’m still deciding on which direction I want to go in from here, but it will definitely be entrepreneurial in nature.