Kyle Scott MS’13 earned an executive master’s degree in systems engineering and management in spring 2013. Kyle, a principal systems engineer with Raytheon, was one of the first students to graduate from the joint program offered by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
Kyle is married and has five children, four of whom are teenagers. He credits his family with supporting him and helping him find time to complete his coursework.
“I’ve spent much of my nearly twenty-year career in between systems engineering and management because there has always seemed to be a gap between the two. Managers and engineers don’t always speak the same language, and they don’t think about things the same way. I have repeatedly found myself in the space between the two, and it has been a good place to be. Because I’ve been working between the two different disciplines, it was exciting to find a degree designed to fit both practices and to actually bridge that gap.
“The thing that has been so impressive about the master’s program in systems engineering and management is that we’ve looked at lots of different viewpoints. The professors have all been very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. So what we discuss in class are relevant issues and different points of view. We also talk about the various strategies that one might use in order to manage a given situation.“One of the most beneficial courses I took was strategic leadership. The concepts in it about taking a bigger picture of the world around you and making sure to look at things from other people’s points of view are very applicable. I was able to use that strategy within the last few months while dealing with issues at work to make sure that we took a balanced look at people’s opinions and to make sure the decisions we made weren’t weighted too heavily in one direction or another.“When it comes to my long-term career goals, I’ve started to move over to the technical management area. This degree has really strengthened me from the leadership side, helping me do the things that I need to do to improve my management capabilities."