The Cost of Doing Business

The class that had the greatest impact on me during graduate school was actually an out-of-major elective in the chemical engineering department and was—interestingly—co-listed with the business school. The course introduced the concepts of life cycle analysis of a product and how the data resulting from that analysis affects business decisions. At the time, I was a 23-year old design engineer at Ford Motor Company, while many of my peers were full-time students who stayed in school after graduating rather than working in between.

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