Before Duquesne: Steve joins our cohort from Bloomfield, New Jersey. For the past three years, Steve was a field technician for an environmental laboratory. His responsibilities consisted mostly of sampling, collecting and testing water samples. Steve was promoted to assistant manager of his office where he was exposed to the management aspects in a scientific field. Steve attended Ramapo-College of New Jersey where he focused on environmental studies.
Why Duquesne: “I chose this program in that incorporated all three aspects of the triple bottom line. My Alma mater had a sustainability program, but I chose Duquesne’s program due to its world-class faculty and international ranking. The accelerated format was a factor in that I can focus on my education without the distraction of having a full-time job and quickly reenter the workforce when the program ends.”
Beyond Duquesne: After this program Steve plans to find a position that involves sustainability that influences businesses to be more sustainable and more proactive in regards to the environment than just pollution control.
Often we read textbooks for class, but forget that someone spent the time to study and write those theories. This semester, our professor, Dr. Wasieleski, made it possible for us to meet the author of our textbook! Last week, Dr. William C. Frederick, the author of “Natural Corporate Management,” visited our Applied Business Ethics class.
His visit to our classroom allowed for thought provoking dialogue about the relationship between nature and business. The discussion fit with the course’s purpose — to force us to think differently. I know this discussion took me outside of my usual framework.
As MBA + Sustainability students, we see the connection between nature and business that many professionals unfortunately overlook. Dr. Frederick reinforced my optimistic outlook when he commented that our cohort “encourages [him] to believe that progress is possible for [our] generation and future generations.”
Dr. Frederick is a professor emeritus of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. More information on Dr. Frederick can be found at the following websites: