“It was a great choice,” she says. “The coursework has been challenging and I’ve been very busy, but I can spend 16 hours a day at Rawls Hall and still be truly excited about what I’m doing.”

By the end of her first semester in the MBA program, five companies had Evemeyer on their own lists, offering her a summer internship. She chose one close to her current home at Purdue — Roche Diagnostics, a global leader in health care with U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis.

A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Evemeyer contributed to continuous improvement processes and finance projects at Roche’s on-site manufacturing facility, which produces the ACCU-CHEK portfolio of diabetes management devices.

"I knew I wanted to work in manufacturing, which at the time was somewhat of a knowledge gap for me,” she says. “I really wanted to be in an area where you're making the fixed assets of a company, and Roche provided me with the opportunity to combine manufacturing with the financial side of the business. It was great place to learn more about both areas and contribute to a winning team."

In addition to her second-year MBA studies, Evemeyer continued to work in manufacturing at Roche as part of an extended internship that took her to Indianapolis each Friday — the one day of the school week that MBA students don’t have classes.

Taking a cue from Krannert’s new Launching Global Leaders program, she also used the experience to inform her choice of electives. "Working at Roche helped me understand the applications of what I'm learning in the classroom," Evemeyer says.

She learned well –– the company offered her a full-time position as a business operations analyst in January, which she’ll begin upon graduation in May. “I couldn’t do without an MBA,” she says.

Nor could she have done it without her mother’s heartfelt inspiration.

“She realizes that I chose an interesting way to look at my experience when I was young,” Evemeyer says. “When I started, I thought I wanted to invent medical devices. After a while, I realized I would prefer to help introduce devices into the marketplace or improve devices already there, and now I’ll have that opportunity. I think she’s really proud of me.”

Double duty: Karan Ahuja

Coming to Purdue from Mumbai, India, in 2007 to study electrical engineering, Karan Ahuja wanted to make the most of his time as Boilermaker. Because he had earned enough advanced placement credits to complete the degree early, his advisor suggested he consider a double major.

"I spoke to my family and several mentors, who all encouraged me to maximize my time at Purdue and take additional coursework, particularly in management,” Ahuja says.

Working with advisors from both the College of Engineering and the Krannert School, he developed a plan of study that combined both degrees and learned quickly how to leverage the two disciplines.

"I discovered that the problem-solving and analytical skills I was developing in engineering could be applied to my management classes,” Ahuja says. “Likewise, the strengths I was developing in Krannert helped me contribute more to my engineering studies.”

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