As an operations officer with the U.S. Navy in New London, Connecticut, Lieutenant Commander Bradley Perrin is responsible for planning and implementing the schedules of the six submarines and one support vessel assigned to Submarine Squadron Two.He also assists with the training and preparation of the submarine's officers and crew for major inspections and deployments.
Brad has already earned an MBA in addition to his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, but he is working on a master's degree in systems engineering from SMU to help further his skills in problem-solving and decision making. He hopes to combine his education with his experience in the Navy to pursue a career in the civilian sector.
"I want to do more than just fix a series of problems," he says. "I'd like to help change the world for the better with new technologies. For example, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could revolutionize our dependence on oil, smart car technology could revolutionize city traffic, home automation could become a viable alternative to nursing home care. I want to lead a group that can bring such concepts to the market."
Once he completes his master's degree, Brad says he will look at the possibility of pursuing a Ph.D. in systems engineering or operations research.
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