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Lyndy Axon is pursuing both an MBA and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering through Georgia Tech's MBA dual degree option.
Lyndy Axon is pursuing both an MBA and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering through Georgia Tech's MBA dual degree option.

Student Profile: MBA Dual Degree Program is Helping Lyndy Axon Prepare for her Dream Job

Meet Lyndy Axon, a full-time student pursuing both an MBA and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering through Georgia Tech’s MBA Dual Degree program. In this Q & A, Lyndy explains why pursuing an MBA is the best route to her dream job.

She will join the Georgia Tech MBA admissions staff on September 20 for an MBA dual degree information session to talk about the advantages of adding an MBA to your current graduate degree.

Your educational background: Where did you attend undergrad?

I studied astronautical engineering at the United States Air Force Academy for four years. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management with a focus in engineering sciences from Embry-Riddle in 2013 while I was working full-time in the Air Force.

Tell us about your other graduate program.

I am currently working on my Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. I am a member of the Space Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL) which concentrates on the aspects of aerospace engineering that are involved in space; this includes orbital mechanics (how things move in space, and how to get them where you want them), space situational awareness (maintaining positive control/tracking of both active spacecraft and debris), as well as entry, descent, and landing of spacecraft (on Earth or elsewhere). My current work at SSDL is focused on developing a system to improve communications of best practices and experience between the four ongoing satellite projects in SSDL. I am also doing research in automated control of formations of satellites.

Where did you work before enrolling at Georgia Tech?

Prior to enrolling at Georgia Tech in fall of 2015, I was in the active duty Air Force. While stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico I was a member of the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron. I worked at the lodging facility (hotel) on base, and was involved in a variety of operational responsibilities including processing billing, guest relations, new employee training, and inspection preparedness.

Why did you choose to pursue the MBA dual degree option?

Throughout my entire life I have never taken the easy road to any destination; this is something that has not changed as a graduate student. When I learned of the opportunity to pursue a dual-degree, earning both an M.S. and an MBA, I knew immediately that I had found my next challenge.

I have always been a very self-motivated and driven person, and the decision to get my MBA was influenced by these aspects of my character. I knew that completing both degrees would ultimately make me a well-rounded individual, providing me with the tools and knowledge to view problems from different perspectives: as a manager and as an engineer.

Being able to see 'the big picture' is often something that engineers lack, and I know that the MBA will give me that perspective.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How will the M.S. and MBA combination prepare you for these long term goals?

My ultimate career goal is to become a project manager at a commercial space company like Orbital ATK, SpaceX, or Blue Origin. A position like this would require the technical knowledge of the industry that comes with having a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and the business principles and management skills associated with an MBA.

The curriculum at the Scheller College of Business is most relevant to my career goals because they understand that technology is the key driving force behind business and innovation. It is because of this I am confident that Scheller is the best place for me to learn to use my technical expertise to my advantage in a management or business role.

What advice would you give to students starting the MBA dual degree program?

Have an open mind! The MBA curriculum is going to be an exercise for the other half of your brain, but you won’t have to completely rewire the way you think. Often times I find links between an engineering approach and a topic in one of my MBA classes. In business we apply known principles and frameworks to problems that are founded in research/experience/observations, and a scientist or engineer investigates why the problems happen and how to prevent them. Fundamentally, both MBAs and engineers are problem solvers.

Hear more about Lyndy’s MBA Dual Degree experience at Georgia Tech’s MBA dual degree information session on September 20 in Clough Commons Auditorium – Room 144 from 11:00 AM – Noon.

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