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UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast welcomes faculty, students, alumni, and industry thought leaders to share their insights and UMBC experiences.
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Welcome to another episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast! In this episode, Dennise Cardona from the Office of Professional Programs at UMBC sits down with Rebeccah Henry, a recent graduate of the Community Leadership graduate program. Rebeccah shares her transformative journey and how the program prepared her for her current role as a volunteer engagement specialist at Baltimore City Public Schools.Rebeccah's passion for lifelong learning and community empowerment shines through as she discusses her experiences and the valuable connections she made during her time at UMBC. Join us for an insightful conversation about the power of relationships, the importance of racial equity, and the impact of community engagement.For more information about UMBC's Community Leadership graduate program, visit
In a tech-centric world, the heart of software engineering is more than code—it's about forging connections, filling gaps, and uplifting communities. Tune in to UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast as Hidare Debar, a Software Engineering grad student, shares her inspiring life journey. Discover her vision for using tech to foster cultural unity and collaboration.A Journey of Resilience and PassionHidare Debar's story starts in an Ethiopian village, where she embraced education, starting with the local alphabet. Progressing through school, Hidare's unending curiosity drove her to a master's in international economic development. Throughout her academic pursuits, Hidare embraced various jobs and opportunities to support herself and her family.Discovering the Power of TechnologyHidare discovered computers post-graduation, delving into tech, digital communication, and modern devices. Adapting to these changes was challenging and exciting for her, igniting a curiosity to understand and master the digital landscape. With an economic development background and a heart for helping, Hidare found her fit in software engineering.Choosing the Path of Software EngineeringAs Hidare discovered the Software Engineering program at UMBC, she found a community that resonated with her goals and values. The department's skilled professors and varied specializations caught her eye, offering a chance to learn, grow, and create impact. What stood out was the technical expertise and the opportunity to channel creativity into problem-solving and innovation.The Heart of Software EngineeringHidare's passion for software engineering transcends mere technical proficiency. For her, software engineering is a medium to connect with others, share knowledge, and bridge cultural divides. Linking students to giving back and cross-cultural learning, she foresees technology driving positive change.A Call to ActionHidare's journey reminds us of the transformative power of education, technology, and human connection. As we navigate the ever-evolving world of software engineering, we're inspired to consider the broader impact of our work. How can our technical skills be harnessed to uplift communities, promote understanding, and improve the world? Hidare's story challenges us to think beyond code and algorithms and embrace the human element in our digital endeavors.Educational ExperienceUMBC's software engineering graduate program offers a transformative educational experience. It equips students with the skills necessary to delve into the heart of software engineering. With expert faculty guidance and a collaborative learning environment, students learn to bridge the gap between innovation and real-world impact. This program prepares them to excel in the technical realm. It nurtures their ability to create connections, foster collaboration, and make a positive difference in communities.
Join us for an inspiring episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast, where we delve into the empowering transition journey from military service to community leadership. In this insightful conversation, Dennise Cardona from the Office of Professional Programs at UMBC sits down with Vickiana Franco, a current Community Leadership Certificate program student, and a military member. Vickiana shares her experiences, wisdom, and profound insights on life in the military, her decision to pursue graduate studies, and her remarkable path. Discover how Vickiana's hiatus from her program, prompted by the arrival of her baby girl, became a pivotal moment of reflection and growth. Learn how the UMBC community, spearheaded by the program director Dr. Sally J. Scott, offered unwavering support and guidance during this transition, making UMBC feel like a second family. Vickiana's story embodies the essence of community engagement, grassroots advocacy, and the power of education to transform lives. Explore the dynamic exchange as they delve into topics like work-life balance for military members, the significance of skills-based classes, and the role of UMBC in nurturing meaningful connections within the community. Vickiana's journey is a testament to the profound impact of education on shaping purposeful futures.  To explore UMBC's Community Leadership graduate programs and more, visit us here.
Discover the transformative power of UMBC's Community Leadership Graduate Program in this insightful interview with recent graduate Emmanuel Pyano-Frias, M.P.S. '23, Community Leadership. Join us as we delve into the inspiring journey of Emmanuel, who shares his experiences and insights gained from the program. Learn how this comprehensive program equips individuals with the tools to lead, create positive change, and build stronger communities. Whether you're interested in community development, education, healthcare, or any other field, this program offers a versatile skill set to make a lasting impact. Explore how UMBC's Community Leadership Program empowers individuals to become influential leaders and change-makers.Learn about UMBC's Community Leadership Graduate Program here!
Amidst the rapidly thriving software engineering industry, comprehensive education remains undeniably crucial.As the demand for tech-driven solutions reverberates across international borders, there is an ever-growing need for adept professionals who can navigate the intricacies of this dynamic landscape. Embarking on a journey that transcends geographical boundaries, Aikya Inuganti, a dedicated international graduate student, offers a profound insight into her journey through the MPS Software Engineering Graduate Program at UMBC. Her experiences illuminate the transformative power of software engineering education in fostering a truly global perspective.Software Engineering Industry: More than Just CodingAikya's journey into software engineering is unique. Having previously worked as a strategic partnership specialist in a software company, she realized her fascination with IT teams and their function. This desire to transition into the technical software field led her to UMBC's software engineering program. She chose this program because of its comprehensive curriculum that covers various aspects of the software industry, including project management, software architecture, and software processes.Shaping a Future in Project Management and BeyondAikya's passion lies in project management and business analysis within the software industry. She aspires to effectively leverage her software engineering knowledge to lead and manage software projects. She envisions herself as a key player in building teams and developing groundbreaking technology products.Key Takeaways for Aspiring Software EngineersAikya shares valuable insights for individuals considering a career in software engineering. She emphasizes the importance of research and encourages prospective students to explore the vast opportunities within the software industry. Whether interest lies in coding, testing, management, or architecture, there's a place for everyone in this dynamic field.From Classroom to CareerWith AIKYA's journey as inspiration, we're reminded that a career in the software engineering industry is not limited to coding alone. UMBC's software engineering program empowers students to explore various facets of the industry, from project management to software architecture. The world of software engineering is vast and ever-evolving, and 
In this enlightening episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast, we dive into software engineering with a special guest, Reed Eberly. Reed, a current graduate student in UMBC's MPS software engineering program, shares his unique journey and experiences at UMBC. This discussion delves into the exciting aspects of software engineering, its real-world applications, and the critical skills necessary for success in this rapidly evolving field.Reed provides valuable insights into the differences between computer science and software engineering, emphasizing the importance of planning and time management in a graduate program. He also shares his regret about not pursuing internships during his undergraduate years. He highlights the significance of investing time in industry-related clubs to gain practical experience and build an impressive resume.Whether you're considering a career in software engineering or simply curious about the field, this podcast offers invaluable advice and firsthand knowledge from a graduate student's perspective. Join us as we explore the world of software engineering and its potential impact on various industries. If you're passionate about technology, creativity, and problem-solving, this episode is a must-listen! Remember to like, share, and subscribe to UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast for more insightful discussions and inspiring stories.To learn more about UMBC's Graduate Program in Software Engineering visit:
Welcome to this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up podcast about Exploring Geospatial Techniques and Technologies: UMBC's GIS Graduate Program. In this episode, Dennise Cardona from the Office of Professional Programs at UMBC is joined by Dr. Dillon Mahmoudi and Ron Wilson, who are part of UMBC's graduate program in geographic information systems. They discuss their backgrounds, how they got involved with the GIS program at UMBC, as well as the evolution and relaunch of the program.Dennise and the guests dive into the importance of spatial thinking and the impact of GIS in various fields, including crime analysis, housing, and urban development. They emphasize the unique approach of UMBC's GIS program, focusing on open-source technologies, justice, and producing meaningful maps. The program aims to prepare students to tackle complex geospatial questions and provide them with deep methodological thinking.The conversation also explores the role of AI technology in GIS and how it complements human expertise. The instructors highlight the importance of human input, critical thinking, and the ability to make informed decisions based on data analysis. They stress that AI cannot replace the human element and that students should embrace and harness the power of AI to enhance their work.UMBC's GIS program stands apart from others through its innovative curriculum, dedicated instructors, and the incorporation of real-world problems and examples. Students are encouraged to think critically, apply their knowledge to novel situations, and positively impact their chosen field. The program instills technical skills, rigorous analysis, and a broader understanding of the social aspects of geospatial issues.If you're interested in pursuing a career in GIS or want to learn more about UMBC's GIS graduate program, check out this link for further information. UMBC's Geographic Information SystemThe Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program at UMBC offers a Master of Professional Studies in GIS and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in GIS. UMBC’s GIS program is unique in its focus on applying critical GIS to improve the lives of people, society, and the environment. Students will gain the knowledge and technical skills for careers involving geographical analysis and programming, suited for professionals who need to solve complex issues using GIS.
Join us for an enlightening episode of UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast as we dive into the world of international students at UMBC. In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Madhuri Goyal, a current student pursuing her Master's in Software Engineering. Get ready to explore the process, challenges, and the incredible support system provided by UMBC.Being an international student herself, Madhuri shares her firsthand experience of the journey she embarked on to become a part of the UMBC community. From the initial application process to the moment she received her I-20, Madhuri was impressed by the seamless and efficient support she received. UMBC's commitment to the international student community shines through in their timely assistance, recognizing the unique visa process and its significance for international students.Throughout her time at UMBC, Madhuri felt well-guided and supported every step of the way. The university's clear instructions and resources made her transition into campus life smoother than ever. Whether it was navigating academic requirements, campus facilities, or adjusting to a new culture, UMBC ensured that Madhuri had all the necessary tools and guidance.In this episode, Madhuri reflects on her personal growth, academic achievements, and highlights the various opportunities available to international students at UMBC. She also shares valuable insights into the vibrant multicultural environment that UMBC fosters, emphasizing the diversity of perspectives and experiences within the campus community.Join us as we listen to Madhuri's inspiring journey and gain valuable knowledge about the international student experience at UMBC. This episode is a must-listen for prospective international students, current students, and anyone interested in understanding the unwavering support and inclusive atmosphere UMBC offers.Tune in to the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast now to hear Madhuri's story and gain a deeper appreciation for the enriching experience of being an international student at UMBC. Don't forget to subscribe, like, and share this episode with others who may find it helpful or inspiring! 🎧✨Learn more about UMBC's Master's in Software Engineering! The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Software Engineering program at UMBC is a cutting-edge and highly regarded program designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic field of software engineering. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines theoretical foundations with practical hands-on experience, allowing students to develop a deep understanding of software engineering principles and best practices. With a focus on technical expertise and leadership development, the M.P.S. in Software Engineering program prepares graduates to become effective problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and influential leaders in the software industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert faculty, and a supportive learning environment that fosters collaboration and growth. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional looking to enhance your skills, UMBC's M.P.S. in Software Engineering program offers a transformative educational experience that propels individuals towards successful and fulfilling careers in software engineering.
Welcome to UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast! In this episode, we dive deep into the world of Health Information Technology (Health IT) and explore the exciting opportunities it offers as a transferable career. Join us as we chat with Joanne Klinedinst, M.Ed, an esteemed UMBC Health IT graduate program instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.Health IT is a rapidly evolving field crucial in the healthcare industry. As technology advances, the healthcare landscape and the role of Health IT professionals are changing. In this captivating conversation, Joanne sheds light on the industry's inner workings, delves into the transferability of skills within this dynamic field, and discusses the growing impact of technology in healthcare.Throughout the episode, we explore the diverse career opportunities available in Health IT and the vital skills needed to thrive in this fast-paced industry. Joanne shares her insights on the emerging trends and technologies shaping the future of healthcare, highlighting how professionals can stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the ever-evolving demands of this exciting field.Whether you're an aspiring Health IT professional or intrigued by the intersection of healthcare and technology, we packed this episode with valuable information and eye-opening discussions. Join us as we uncover the transformative power of Health Information Technology and discover how it can be a transferable career with endless possibilities.About UMBC's Health Information Technology Graduate ProgramsUMBC's Health Information Technology Graduate Programs are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the ever-evolving field of Health IT. With a strong emphasis on practical application, these programs offer a comprehensive curriculum combining technical expertise and a deep understanding of healthcare systems and data management. Led by experienced instructors and industry professionals, students can delve into topics such as electronic health records, healthcare analytics, health informatics, privacy and security, and healthcare data management. With a focus on real-world scenarios and hands-on experiences, UMBC's Health Information Technology Graduate Programs prepare students to become leaders in this rapidly growing industry and significantly impact the healthcare landscape.
Welcome back to the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast! In today's episode, we are thrilled to bring insights from two of our esteemed graduate instructors, Dr. Milos Miljkovic and Dr. Wilson Bryan. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Biotechnology Graduate Program at UMBC.Dr. Miljkovic and Dr. Bryan will delve into the nitty-gritty of a new Clinical Trials Course. This course will focus on the pivotal role of clinical trials in biotechnology research and medical advancements.Throughout this discussion, our guests will underscore the irreplaceable nature of clinical trials and demystify why there really is no alternative to conducting clinical trials and how these trials form the bedrock of evidence-based medicine.Our listeners will gain valuable insights into the proper implementation of clinical trials and how they can utilize these to address and answer their research questions. This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of clinical trials, their significance, and their application in biotechnology.Remember to like, share, and subscribe to our channel for more such enlightening conversations. #UMBC #Biotechnology #GraduateProgram #ClinicalTrials #Education #Research #Podcast
In this episode of UMBC Mic'd Up podcast, we explore the exciting world of data science and how it can lead to discovering new technologies. Our guest, Daniel Rimdans, M.P.S. '22, Data Science, who was laid off from their job as an environmental scientist during the pandemic, shares how his fascination with data led him to pursue further education. We learn how data collection, analysis, and insight development are integral to primary research across a range of fields.Our guest also talks about their experience at UMBC and how the university's data science program offers multiple tracks, including spatial analytics and healthcare, tailored to individual career paths. As an environmental scientist, he was particularly interested in the spatial analytics track.Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of data science and its potential for innovation and discovery. Whether you're a science enthusiast or just curious about the intersection of data and technology, this episode is a must-listen.Learn about UMBC's Graduate program in Data Science:
Welcome to our latest podcast episode, where we sit down with Samantha Novak, a UMBC graduate faculty member, to discuss leading with emergent strategies. In this thought-provoking conversation, Ms. Novak shares her insights on the importance of reflecting on our work in the world and how we choose to show up to it.We delve into the idea that real transformative change can only occur if we have first worked on making sustainable changes within ourselves. She offers valuable insights on how we can approach this process and highlights the key role that self-awareness plays in leadership.Throughout the episode, we explore different examples of how emergent strategies can be applied in different contexts and discuss the challenges that come with leading in an ever-changing world.Whether you're a seasoned leader or just starting your journey, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tips on how to develop a more sustainable approach to leadership. So, sit back, relax, and join us for this fascinating conversation with Samantha Novak.Time Stamps: 0:00 Path to becoming an environmental scientist.6:08 The importance of having a process in place.9:48 The path to leadership13:12 Skills students will take away from a course in emergent strategies17:32 Change is challenging, but necessary21:51 The importance of constructive conflict26:23 Show up to leadership with curiosity and humility30:32 The reflective processAbout UMBC's Community Leadership Graduate Program and It's Courses: The Community Leadership programs at UMBC prepare aspiring and practicing leaders with the skills and experience needed to generate transformative social change. We help students develop greater self-understanding, engage with the assets and challenges of urban communities, hone practical leadership skills, and build personal and professional relationships that will support their growth as leaders. Register for the referenced course, Mindsets and Methods of Emergent Strategies (CDLR 611)!
In this video, we follow the journey of a resource analyst at NASA who leverages her education from the Technical Management Graduate Program at UMBC to bring value to her work. Marissa Jagarnath, M.P.S. ’22 Technical Management, explains how her education has helped her to better understand the technical and managerial aspects of her role, and how she is able to apply this knowledge to improve processes and decision-making at NASA. This podcast episode offers valuable insights into the ways in which education can make a difference in the workplace.Timestamps: 0:00 Intro and welcome1:09 Path to graduate school3:33 Working at NASA6:52 Figuring out what you don’t want to do8:16 Expectations of graduate school10:47 Graduate school interactions13:41 Biggest takeaway15:10 Pacing oneself is key17:54 Favorite quote About the Technical Management Program at UMBCThe program prepares students to be effective leaders and problem-solvers in a range of industries, including aerospace and technology. Whether you're a student looking to pursue a career in technical management or a professional seeking to enhance your skills, the M.P.S. Technical Management program at UMBC can help you get there. 
Are you considering a career change into college teaching? Are you looking for ways to make an impact in the lives of college students? Look no further than this episode of the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast, where we explore the world of embracing an encore career in teaching. Marcia Dickerson, P.M.C. '22, College Teaching & Learning Science has always wanted to teach. After retiring from her job in the human services and social services field, Marcia began her teaching journey by enrolling in UMBC's College Teaching and Learning Science Graduate Certificate program. After she competed the program this past year, she's beginning the next leg of her journey in a doctoral program! Join us as we delve into the world of an encore career in teaching and discover how you can make a positive impact on the next generation of students. Tune in to the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast now to listen to our enlightening conversation with an inspiring UMBC graduate!Learn more about UMBC's Graduate Certificate program in College Teaching & Learning Science!
The world of Biotechnology is critical to all of humanity. Professionals in this field need to keep up on the emergence of new techniques, equipment, and processes to continue to forge new pathways to innovations that lead to making a difference in the lives of others. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we chat with a graduate of our M.P.S. in Biotechnology, Chidera Igbokwe '22."I would say that I learned that the industry that I'm in is so much bigger than just me. There is this emphasis on the fact that we're often making life changing medicines for people. And everything we do, makes a difference in someone else's life. So there's this focus on product quality, making sure that everything is documented in the correct way. Sometimes it can get tiring. But then I realize that the products we make go into people's bodies and actually do things in their bodies. I think that that puts things into perspective." - Chidera Igbokwe M.P.S. '22, biotechnologyTimestamps: 0:00 How did you balance work-life balance?1:52 What led you to UMBC?3:29 What is your current role in Biotech?4:52 How the program helped her to grow in her current role.8:25 How the program helped him to grow in his current role.11:03 Favorite course?13:41 Biggest takeaway16:17 Greatest advice ever received?Learn more about UMBC's graduate programs in Biotechnology: the Division of Professional Programs at UMBC: The Division of Professional Studies (DPS) is a partnership-based organization within UMBC’s Division of Academic Affairs. Through creative collaboration, the DPS staff team-up with faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders to generate future-focused responses to the evolving needs of our community.Our goal is impact. DPS is committed to our role as stewards of partnerships that center on enhancing access for students with nontraditional needs. We are dedicated to creating access to opportunity and are guided by the goals of enhancing economic prosperity, social mobility, and social justice.We offer professionally focused master’s degrees, graduate certificates, undergraduate programs, individual course, and non-degree training programs. Our programs engage a broad array of UMBC faculty, industry experts, distinguished professionals, and thought leaders to teach courses, mentor students, and advance the state-of-the-practice at UMBC.Whether it is an alternative location, an alternative learning modality, an alternative time of day, week, or year – DPS partnerships bring UMBC’s community, extended, and professional program to the region and state in affordable, accessible, and impactful ways.
Designing and delivering learning and training using a systems approach removes the guesswork and sets learners up for a productive experience. UMBC’s Learning and Performance Technology (LAPT) graduate programs (formerly named ISD), prepares its students to enter into the workforce with this system approach in hand. In today’s episode, we chat with Melody Wright '21, M.A. Instructional Systems Development to chat about learning and sharing in the world of ISD using the systems tools she gathered while in the program. Learn more about UMBC's Learning and Performance Technology Graduate Programs:
We recently chatted with I/O Psychology professional and UMBC alum, Twisha Thakore '19, M.P.S. I/O Psychology. We spoke about the critical elements, qualities, and skills needed to be effective as an I/O Psychologist. Accordingly, she highlighted the importance of safeguarding the delicate balance between business and the human element.The art and science of I/O Psychology operates on the notion that people are more than data on a screen. Generally, it's often the responsibility of the I/O Psychologist to interpret data points. Basically, they create a story to explain the data to stakeholders in terms that will create meaning and context. Through telling the story, an I/O Psychologist equips stakeholders at all levels with helpful information. Consequently, this info helps them to make sound decisions and plan of actions for their learning and development initiatives. Notwithstanding, data is worthless without meaning, context, and understanding behind it. Twisha stated that I/O Psychology is about having a balanced act between corporate strategies and people. We need to use psychological principles to ensure that the human element is protected at all costs. Learn more about the M.P.S. in I/O Psychology at UMBC:
The hiring process can be daunting for organizations. IO Psychology professionals like Kendra Lyons ‘ 09, M.P.S. IO Psychology, help to make the process easier and less risky by providing valuable insights into the hiring process. In this episode of UMBC’s Mic’d Up Podcast Kendra shares with us a glimpse into the daily life of an IO Psychology professional. What does it take to be one? What kinds of skills are necessary? How should someone test the waters to know it’s the right fit for them? Timestamps0:00 Introducing Kendra Lyons1:09 What is the process of talent assessment?5:34 How do you know a good fit for a job?10:45 What do you love most about being in the field of IO Psychology?13:20 What should you work on to be impactful in this field?18:38 Kendra’s biggest takeaway from the program23:11 Favorite book?27:59 What is failure?30:06 Key to success?About UMBC’s Master’s program in I/O Psychology It is a unique, highly applied program which provides graduate training focused on developing skills that are relevant in today’s job market. Students explore and integrate important topics including organizational behavioral management, consulting, human factors, and professional human resources practice. Our graduates develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals. 
When it comes to making an impact in the field of I/O Psychology, one of the first skills necessary is in learning new things. Life is constantly changing, and with those changes comes a need for flexibility and new knowledge. In the grand landscape of what makes up I/O Psychology, one thing remains a constant and that is the dynamic nature of the way we operate in life and in  the workforce. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, Spenser Haffey '19 M.P.S. I/O Psychology,  joins host, Dennise Cardona, to chat about how he contributes to the world through his role as an I/O Psychology professional. We hope you enjoy this episode! About UMBC's I/O Psychology Graduate ProgramsUMBC’s Master’s Program in I/O Psychology is a unique, highly applied program which provides graduate training focused on developing skills that are relevant in today’s job market. Students explore and integrate important topics including organizational behavioral management, consulting, human factors, and professional human resources practice. Our graduates develop a professional portfolio while building strong relationships with faculty practitioners and industry professionals. This program is ideal for students who want to work in areas such as: Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Talent Assessment and Talent Management, Organizational Behavior and Development, and Training and Development.
In the field of Biotechnology, the focus on cell & gene therapy continues to advance our potential to improve lives. UMBC's Biotechnology Graduate Programs offers special topic courses that help their students achieve success in the field, courses like BTEC 691, Cell and Gene Therapy. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we chat with graduate faculty, Darren Dasburg, M.B.A. about the course, the field of Biotechnology in general, and the amazing work being discovered in cell and gene therapy. Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction to Darren Dasburg4:25 Career path6:15 The importance of networking in a professional setting11:32 Entrance into the biotech world14:34 CRISPR 19:57 Favorite part of the biotech field25:22 What is on biotech company radar28:07 Where students should begin34:33 What’s your favorite bookDarren Dasburg's favorite author: Walter Isaacson If you'd like to learn more about UMBC's Biotechnology Graduate Programs, visit us! About Darren Dasburg: Bringing over 39 years of technical operations experience in a variety of small and large molecule settings, Darren Dasburg recently departed AstraZeneca as Vice President Global PMO & Strategy in 2017 after his role as Site GM for the Boulder Manufacturing Center beginning in September 2015 when AstraZeneca/MedImmune acquired the former Amgen biologics production facility, retrofitted and started up through 2017. He is currently in advancing discussions for cell and gene therapy start-ups. Previously, Darren held the position of Vice President MedI BioVentures building partnerships in Korea, Japan and China for biosimilar development. Before then, VP of Capacity Utilization with where he led the first of its kind capacity sharing arrangement to support bio-manufacturing production. Prior to that, he was a Founding Partner in a consulting venture where he provided executive management team leadership in the areas of technical operations, manufacturing operations, project management, and business strategy. Darren did his formative years and ultimately served as Vice President of Corporate Engineering with GlaxoSmithKline.Darren holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and advanced certificates in biotechnology from MIT. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and has worked on the ISPE Bio Mfg Conference since its inception.
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