Friday, May 18, 2012

Whiting-Turner Hires MSBA Grad

David Siemiesz
David Siemiesz, a 2012 graduate accepted a position as Project Engineer with The Whiting Turner Contracting Company in Washington, DC.  In addition to his Master of Science in Business Analysis degree, David earned a Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development degree at CUA.  David's responsibilities will include project scheduling, supervising sub-contractors, and compliance with design and material selection.  David was the first to pioneer the joint Architecture/MSBA degree program.

David grew up in the small rural town of New Boston, New Hampshire which had to present a challenge to the Post Office!.  David is an avid sportsmanfavoring ice hockey, skiing and golf.  During the mortgage crisis of 2008, David became concerned about the practical and financial aspects of architectural design.  As a result of spending time with his grandfather growing up, he also developed a profund respect and admiration for the elderly.  This led to his design thesis investigating the benefits of a mixed-use active adult housing complex located in the dense urban area of Washington, DC.

David is on track to earn his Architecture license in 5 years and hopes to one day own and operate a property management and development company.  "I can speak with great confidence and truth when I say that my experience in the MSBA program has thoroughly prepared me for a variety of careers in the business environment.  The skills I developed relating to excel, project scheduling, and communications to name a few are already proving to be valuable assets. Having entered the program with a degree in architecture most of my education was aimed at being creative and not always financially practical. The MSBA program provided that necessary link between architecture and the real world of practical business. The lessons learned and the skills developed from my one year comprehensive and intensive educational experience with the MSBA program will be long lasting and beneficial throughout my entire career. One of the greatest takeaways from the program is the comfort and confidence I now have in a variety of professional settings.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone searching for a way to find that competitive edge which sets you apart from the seemingly endless pool of job applicants today." - David Siemiesz, Class o0f 2012

Professor Stewart McHie
Program Director, MSBA

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