Technology

  • Technology has broad applications and plays a defining role in a variety of industries. At Darden, technology is embedded in all aspects of the learning experience. In marketing classes, students learn to engage customers through social networking; in leadership classes, students learn to manage more effectively using technology; and in operations classes, students learn to use technology to improve efficiency in business operations. Career opportunities in technology fall into three main areas: computer hardware and software, internet and new media and telecommunications.

    Clubs & Events

    • Darden Technology Club (DTC) - Darden BTC provides a forum for students interested in working in technology-intensive industries and students interested in understanding the role and opportunities that technology creates for improving the performance of organizations.
    • Technology Industry Immersion Panel - DTC and the Career Development Center sponsor a Technology Industry Immersion Panel for all Darden students.

    Courses

    Please note: courses are subject to change each year. Consult the course directory for the most up-to-date course offerings.

    Video - MBA Career Search at Darden: Technology & West Coast Recruiting

    Casey Bi (MBA '12) talks about the job search process for students interested in careers in technology, especially on the West Coast. She discusses Darden technology classes, career search resources, job treks and the Darden Technology Club.

    For-Credit Projects

    During the Second Year of the MBA program students can design a project (known as a Darden Business Project) and earn course credit. Here are two examples of projects completed by students with an interest in technology:

    • Microsoft: Organization Structure, Incentives, and Innovation Processes - This project developed a teaching case and technical note on the challenges associated with implementing an innovation strategy in the technology and software industries.
    • E-Commerce Technology Business Plan - This project looked at using technology as a business enabler.

    Faculty

    The following faculty teach, conduct research or have worked in technology:

    Contacts

    Still have questions? Feel free to contact the following students and alumni to ask specific questions about energy at Darden or in their careers. For additional contacts, please visit the Darden Student and Alumni Ambassadors list.

    Amanda Gingras (MBA '12)

    Undergraduate education: University of New Hampshire
    Undergraduate major: Business and Communication
    Company: Tektronix Communications/Danaher
    Role: General Management
    Location: Dallas, TX

    "Darden has prepared me well for my career in General Management. I have been able to leverage the enterprise perspective that Darden teaches you, the unique ability to make decisions taking into consideration all aspects of a business (Operations, Strategy, Finance, etc.). Darden's General Management focus and leveraging the case study method has made me feel much better prepared as I start my career at Danaher."

    Katherine Mueller (MBA '12)

    Undergraduate education: Boston College
    Undergraduate major: Business, Accounting
    Company: AT&T
    Role: Corporate Development/M&A
    Location: Dallas, TX

    Jason Sinnarajah (MBA '07)

    Undergraduate education: Boston College
    Undergraduate major: Finance/Marketing
    Company: Google Inc.
    Role: Associate Manager
    Current location: Sydney, Australia

    "My job involves a lot of operational consulting and looks at issues that affect the broader company. Darden trained me to think about broader issues than just the central figures in the business cases we studied. The case study method prepares you to be a great general manager, helps you think about multiple issues that affect the central problem you are trying to solve, and teaches you to be a good people manager."

    Subha Shetty (MBA '06)

    Undergraduate education: Delhi University
    Undergraduate major: Physics
    Company: Walmart International
    Role: Senior Manager, Product Management Global E-Commerce
    Current location: San Francisco bay area

    "Darden prepared me for a career in technology in the bay area by giving me 1) the confidence to communicate effectively in a team setting through its case study curriculum, 2) a network of strong and close-knit alumni in the bay area who have been a great deal of support, and 3) extensive career guidance and interview preparation through its career office. Special callout to Marty Speight here, who coached me brilliantly!"