“I could tell that the professors really seemed to enjoy the executive program because the students could go to work and apply their learning, and then return to the classroom for immediate feedback. There was a real parity of give and take between students and teachers.”


Wyatt Smith, EMTM’07
Field Engineer
GE Wind Energy
Media, PA

Wyatt Smith, EMTM’07

In EMTM, Wyatt found a staging ground for the next phase of his career. After getting a bachelors degree in electrical engineering, Wyatt, an ROTC student, studied at the Navy’s nuclear power school and served as a submarine officer for seven years. He enrolled in EMTM just as he was preparing to transition out of the military into a civilian job. “I knew that no matter what I ended up doing, I wanted some business skills to augment my military training and engineering background.” Wyatt came to the program looking for a new direction and found it in the field of alternative energy.

Why EMTM?

As he researched graduate programs, Wyatt realized he wanted business and management training without having to squander his experience working with technology or waste time on classes in irrelevant subjects. “EMTM allowed me to leverage the advantages of a Wharton MBA while keeping me at the forefront of technology.” When he visited the campus Wyatt was struck by the high-level, collaborative interaction between students and professors. “I could tell that the professors really seemed to enjoy the executive program because the students could go to work and apply their learning, and then return to the classroom for immediate feedback. There was a real parity of give and take between students and teachers.”

Career Impact

Observing that alternative energy was on the forefront of the national consciousness, Wyatt decided to move into this growing field. After graduating from EMTM, he landed a job with GE’s Wind Energy division where he serves as a field engineer for the company’s wind farms. “I didn’t want to immediately start with a product line job without first understanding how the industries’ field operations worked. I feel that this kind of hands-on experience will make me a more effective leader when I do eventually transition to a traditional management position.”

EMTM has prepared him well for his current job, in part by putting him in touch with his own strengths. Though Wyatt had been well versed in the Navy’s leadership style, he found EMTM’s leadership curriculum to be extremely informative. “I was amazed at how enlightening Dwight Jaggard’s class was. It really helped me to embrace and leverage my natural leadership style, which tends to have me lead from the front lines, so to speak.”

The core business classes and a broad range of technology electives helped Wyatt round out his prior education and experience and narrow his interest in potential careers. Of these he finds that a networking class is particularly useful in his day-to-day work. “I’m often troubleshooting extensive Local Area Networks, and find that having a deeper understanding of routing theory is crucial to success.”

Wyatt feels that both the program and the degree have helped prepare him for the challenges ahead. “It’s not just about getting a degree — it’s about gaining the skills to apply your knowledge. The very specific nature of EMTM sets you apart from other candidates and opens doors.”