Impactful Projects Create Bridge to Professional Success
Tony Fisher can’t help smiling when he considers how far he has come in the last seven years – from the wide-eyed, hopeful and nervous student beginning the MBA program at Purdue in 2010 to a confident planner and leader at Dow AgroSciences.
He recalls all the great experiences he had through the MBA program and his graduate assistantship at DCMME-GSCMI, the relationships he formed, the “tremendous” education he received, and how he was challenged to grow professionally. “I can confidently say all of those combined experiences more than equipped me to hit the ground running in the professional world, and for that and more, I am grateful,” said Fisher, who received his MBA in 2012. He remembers his first meeting with the DCMME-GSCMI team and the opportunity he was given to dive right in and work with Dr. Ananth Iyer on a consulting project for a firm in Indianapolis. “What struck me about that project and others later was the very real impact our project analysis and results could have to the respective companies’ bottom line or strategic initiatives,” he said. “This is one of many benefits DCMME-GSCMI offers to graduate assistants and students alike in providing opportunities to translate classroom experience to real-life business needs.” In June 2017, he celebrated his 5th anniversary with Dow. “My tenure there is without question due in part to my experiences as a graduate assistant with DCMME-GSCMI and my Purdue MBA,” he said. In his time with Dow, he has been a global supply chain planning specialist, North America refuge advanced supply chain planner, and is currently the North America corn supply chain planner and team leader. “While I didn’t know the nuances of agriculture when I first started with the company, the critical thinking, analytical skills, and general concepts I learned in the classroom and as a graduate assistant prepared me for every role I have held,” he said.
“General concepts I learned in the classroom and as a graduate assistant prepared me for every role I have held.”