UT Students Swap the Hill for the Valley

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Students from the University of Tennessee’s Aerospace & Defense MBA (ADMBA) program spent four days in June visiting top aerospace and defense organizations across the Tennessee Valley.

small photo of AAFB wind tunnelThe trip was part of an intensive, year-long executive MBA program tailored for high-potential professionals across the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. The ADMBA Class of 2012 includes 25 students from more than 15 states. ADMBA participants enroll from every sector of this vital industry and work in virtually every professional function.

During this recent excursion, ADMBA students and participating faculty and staff members visited government and industry organizations located in middle Tennessee and northern Alabama to observe the application of business principles they have been studying.

“We visited top organizations and engaged in extended discussions with top executives of organizations playing critical roles in the economic and military security of the country. ADMBA’s industry-focused program allows us to take a deeper look at a vital industry and leverage close relationships with some key leaders and organizations all across A&D,” explained Dr. Andy White, program director.

The trip included visits to world-renowned organizations playing diverse roles in the industry, including:

· Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base

· The University of Tennessee Space Institute

· Micro Craft Technology

· Goodrich Landing Gear facility

· NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

· The Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Command (AMRDEC)

· Lockheed Martin Huntsville Campus

· Dynetics Corporation

The students and participating faculty members had a variety of opportunities to learn from leaders of hosting organizations as well as from each other. Besides plant and board room visits, the trip included a thought-leader panel held at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum and a dinner hosted for area business leaders at the famous Jack Daniels Distillery.

“We learned a great deal in a short amount of time. We learned from leaders of numerous organizations having very diverse missions – from R&D to program management and manufacturing. We visited the Air Force, Army, NASA, academia, and supporting contractors. We introduced our students to business processes and challenges in sectors of this industry very different from their own. That can be very powerful,” said White.

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