I am looking to apply for an MBA program beginning Fall 2007.
A quick roundup of my profile:
1. Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Bombay (First class with Honors)
2. MS: Mechanical engineering (GPA: 4.0)
3. GMAT: 720
4. Working full-time at a top manufacturing firm in the US (will have more than 2 years work ex)
5. Community involvement (serving on the planning committee of an event)
6. Started a webdesigning company while I was doing my undergrad in India just because of my passion for design. It did quite well and I got a few projects (I quit it when I came to the US)
7. Worked on a research project while doing my MS
8. Know 5 languages, member of ASME
9. Work experience has given my two projects which display my leadership quality
10. Took up an economics class at a local college and received an A
11. Plans: Return to India to start a manufacturing company after working about two years in the US post-MBA. I have specific plans. Moreover, my family business is related to mechanical engineering. I do not plan to 'expand and diversify' the family business but rather, simply use the resources/infrastructure/network/contacts to build my own company
12. I am looking for training in general management and operations/manufacturing from an MBA
13. I believe I am ready as my current work experience has provided me the necessary ideas for my future
14. I think the uncommon aspects of my profile are: Dedication to mechanical engineering; the flow of my academic and professional years are very much aligned to my future goals; born and brought up in India but studied and worked in the US
15. Based on my profile, I am considering: Kellogg's (MMM), MIT, Michigan (TMI), Cornell, Yale, Darden, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon
Some quick questions for you:
1. Does my profile find favor with the schools I mentioned?
2. Do my two years of work ex (plus two internships during MS) serve as an obstacle for Kellogg's, MIT, Darden?
3. Should I consider lower ranked schools?
I would really really appreciate your inputs.
Thanks a ton!