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New post 28 May 2014, 12:43
Hey, thanks in advance for taking a look! Appreciate all the candid feedback I can get.

Two main questions:
1) How can I refine my applications for the target schools listed?
2) Based on background and stated objectives, do any of the target schools listed seem to have a more natural fit for me?

1) Background
Hired out of school as a logistics engineer/business analyst for a Fortune 500 transportation services company
4 years of experience at the time of intended matriculation (Fall 2015)

Received 2 promotions within the same company:
one vertically within the engineering department
one diagonally into a pricing/marketing management role

Sales Engineering
Initial work consisted of developing decision support tools for the CMO and senior sales VPs
Designed and automated a customer score card
Quantitatively analyzes customers on several dimensions: quality of revenue, growth potential, operating characteristics, compliance to long term network design, etc.
Currently used by the executive team as a barometer for customer relationship development

Sustainability Engineering
Acted as an internal and external subject matter expert on green transportation practices
Liaison to the EPA
Steward of an internally developed carbon emissions calculator
Conducted capital investiture analysis on green technology before and after purchase
Marketed carbon offset sales from the company's "green" services

Pricing and Marketing Management
Recently accepted an offer from the COO to transition into the company's business management
Business division had been losing money; asked to help turn it around
Directly responsible for the financial and operational performance of several Midwestern and Northeastern markets
Managing $50 million in annual revenue and growing
No direct reports under me in the hierarchy
However, I do provide the corporate strategy for the implementation teams in my markets
Act as an integration point between the sales, operations, and engineering/IT support teams

Over the past year, all KPIs associated with my markets have improved considerably
Youngest of my professional peers in a similar role; among top tier in performance

2) GMAT
730 47Q44V

3) Undergrad
University of Arkansas, 3.6 GPA, B.S. Industrial Engineering, 2011

4) Extracurriculars
Minimal community involvement since undergrad
Undergrad extracurricular activity included work as a peer mentor for freshman engineering students
Coordinated schedules with 20+students weekly throughout their first years
Provided guidance on how they can achieve their academic and personal goals

5) Certifications
No certifications

6) Target Schools
Northwestern, MIT, UC Berkeley, Duke, Texas

7) Application Timeline
Applying in R1/R2 2014-15
Matriculating in Fall 2015

8) MBA Goals
Career switching in a sense
Plan to specialize in General Management during MBA
Intend to work in a consulting firm/supply chain company/tech innovation company for the first few years after graduation
Long term goal is to work for Google, Amazon, or similar industry disrupter in a product/services development role
Important to me to work in a capacity that is directly relevant to improving quality of life for the average American

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New post 29 Jun 2014, 07:49
Your GMAT and GPA are high which is good, but your college is ranked low (#128 according to US NEWS) which will not look good. Still, this shouldn't be a reason to reject your application especially if you have resons why you went there. Your GMAT should eliminate any academic concerns. Good that you don't have ivys on your list, since ivys are picker about where you went to school. I think your school list is reasonable and you should not have a problem getting some attention from them, but you should work on your leadership between now and matriculation and your EC involvment outside of work. Being involved in your community is important because schools want you to be involved as a student and also as a business leader. Seek out challenges at work and build relationships with your superiors for good recommendations. Switching careers is not uncommon but can be tricky if it appears you have not paved the road to do so. Make sure you can clearly connect what you do now to your future career. Sounds like your short term goal ties into the things you have done, but your longer term goal is a bit more of a stretch. Make sure you connect them.
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