img-shevidy-photosMike Shedivy

Business Management Systems

Class of 1995

“Throughout my years at MSOE, the faculty made a commitment to me.”

Mike Shedivy ’95 isn’t afraid to take a chance. As a junior computer science student at a Big Ten college, he was frustrated with the academic department and decided to make a change. “While driving back to Milwaukee (seven hours through a snow storm), I decided that it was time to switch schools.” He met with a few corporate recruiters who told him about MSOE’s excellent reputation. “After a visit to campus, the MSOE team had me hooked.”

Mike graduated in 1995 and joined Andersen Consulting in automotive supply chain management. “I had a great career. I loved the people I worked with (including my wife Stacy, who I met one month into the job) and will cherish my time there.” After Andersen changed its name to Accenture and went public, Mike felt it was time to move on. So he took another chance and enrolled full time in the MBA program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. “It was challenging to go back to school in my thirties and leave behind a career.”

Today, Mike lives with his family in Belgium and serves as the president of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Mercury Marine. He credits his MSOE education in part to his career success. “Throughout my years at MSOE, the faculty made a commitment to me. They found ways to provide me with practical, hands-on education and experiences that were invaluable and translated into skills that were sought after by employers.”

He is grateful for the one-on-one interactions he had with his professors at MSOE. “My favorite MSOE memories involve time spent with my professors – in the Big Ten it was extremely difficult for me to have the access to professors that I had at MSOE. Whether it was a debate, a joke, advice, or simply good conversations – these are some of my fondest memories. In addition, I loved studying in the library looking out at Cathedral Square and of course getting a bowl of Real Chili.”

Mike encourages MSOE students and graduates to consider the impression they have on potential employers. “In this day and age, employers quickly form an impression of you from your presence online, your first day on the job, etc. So you have to make a good impression.” To do that, he recommends finding ways to make people’s lives easier. “Ask what their problems are and volunteer to help them out. If you can scope out a problem, develop a plan, deal with ambiguity, communicate what is happening, and get the problem solved you will get noticed.”

Throughout his life Mike has stayed connected to MSOE, even serving as the Alumni Association president from 2003 to 2005. “I support the Annual Fund, help students on campus and ride motorcycles with other friends of MSOE. My professors showed me their commitment, which inspires my commitment back to MSOE.” In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter Olivia (8) and son Graham (5), and riding his motorcycle.

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