The initial idea started to materialize when Jennifer Evemeyer was 12 as her mother was preparing to undergo open heart surgery to replace a valve.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Someone who will never meet my mom invented this thing that saved her life.’ I thought if I could do that someday, it would make me very happy,” she said.
Saving lives remains part of Evemeyer’s mission, but instead of attempting to invent medical devices she’s focused on helping introduce devices or improve those already in the marketplace.
Evemeyer, though, needed an MBA. Enter Purdue’s Krannert School of Management.
Evemeyer was leading a project team during an internship while pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, when she encountered challenges. The biomedical engineering major realized she needed to advance her career with formal business training.
“I needed to understand how all the manufacturing components were related to the financials of the product, and that's where I needed improvement, so I decided to get my MBA sooner rather than later,” Evemeyer said.
Krannert fostered those ideas, providing the right mix of disciplines, including STEM, and the interaction with a diverse group of students helped sharpen her approach in operations and finance. The experience gained in operations management, combined with her technical background, made her a valuable asset for a medical device company.
It paid off by the end of her first semester in the MBA program. Five companies offered Evemeyer a summer internship. She accepted one at Roche Diagnostics, a global leader in health with U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis.
The company offered Evemeyer a full-time position as a business operations analyst, a position she held until being promoted in November 2017 to regional business controller for Roche's operations in Mannheim, Germany.
Her selection of Krannert came with an analytical approach. Evemeyer compiled a list of medical device companies and searched which schools had students recruited to work at those companies. Purdue’s Krannert quickly emerged at the top.“I couldn’t do it without an MBA,” she said.