MBA Bobcat Q&A: Dan Stamm
Tuesday, August 23 2016 12:00am
Dan Stamm balanced work, school, and family in the Professional MBA program.Error loading MacroEngine script (file: ShowTags.cshtml)
Name: Dan Stamm
Program: Professional Master of Business Administraiton
Class year: 2016
What is your current job?
Senior Research Engineer and Manager of the Tactical Hardware group within the Mission and Defense Technologies business unit at Battelle
Why did you choose Ohio University’s Professional MBA program?
I chose OHIO’s part-time MBA program because it was AACSB accredited, affordable, and convient. The felixiblity of online classes and monthly Saturday residencies allowed me to stay on top of my classwork while maintaining my job responsibilities.
How have you been able to balance your career, your classwork, and your personal life?
I have a fairly demanding work-travel schedule. In general, I’m on the road about one week per month. At times during the PMBA program, I was traveling up to three weeks per month. I also have a wife and two younger children. My travel schedule alone is hard on my family. I attempted to minimize the impact on my family and career by doing my school work early in the morning. For the 22 months that I was in the program, I would arrive at work early to have about three solid hours of uninterrupted school time. I would expect to spend about 15 to 25 hours each week on school. During the day, I would accomplish all of my Battelle responsibilities without distractions, and still be home in time for dinner with my family. I’d even have time to have fun with my kids before they went to bed. Working on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I was able to enjoy the weekend with my wife and kids, too. My weekend social life did reduce a bit, but it was not terrible and I was able to plan ahead with the help of the professors so I did not have to miss significant events like holidays and weddings.
Have you been able to apply what you’ve learned in the PMBA program to your current job? If so, how?
I’ve absolutely been able to apply what I’ve learned to my job. All of the financial learning, especially accounting, has been extremely helpful as I transition from a senior engineer to a manager with P&L responsibilities. Polishing my skills and knowledge in organizational behavior, marketing, strategy, and operations has also been very useful.
What was your favorite PMBA course and why?
I personally liked the accounting course best. There were definitely times when it was challenging, but the content was logical to me. I have been able to apply what I’ve learned in accounting to my career growth.
Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?
I found Tammy Reynolds’s teaching style, professionalism, approachability, and professional experience to be influential and tone-setting for the rest of the program.
What would you tell someone considering the PMBA program?
The Professional MBA program is best described as a career accelerator or multiplier. If you’ve been in the workforce for awhile and already have a lot of career velocity – I had almost 15 years before starting the program – it will likely be harder to go back to school, but your multiplier will be that much better.
Anything else about the program that you would like to share?
On one hand, I would tell new students to take the commitment seriously. If you have a life partner or a family, work with them to make it a good experience for everyone. Getting a Master’s degree should be a group decision whenever possible. On the other hand, once you make the decision, dive in. You get out of the program what you put into it.
About the Professional MBA Program
Ohio University's Professional MBA program delivers curriculum in a flexible format to fit the lives of working professionals. Students are prepared to make an immediate impact in their organization by applying what they learn today in their jobs tomorrow. The part-time PMBA program blends virtual classrooms, online learning modules, and monthly Saturday classes in Dublin, Ohio.
To learn more about Ohio Univeristy's Professional MBA program, visit business.ohio.edu/pmba.