Leadership, Analytical Skills Gained at Penn State Great Valley Help Grad Advance at Work

Nana Yaw Essuman

The leadership and analytical skills he gained through his software engineering studies at Penn State Great Valley have helped graduate Nana Yaw Essuman advance at work, according to a report from Penn State News.

Essuman gave up his job as a programmer analyst at Siemens four years ago to pursue a master’s degree full time.

“I wanted a challenge,” said Essuman. “I saw Great Valley as a place where I could build my career and learn from industry professionals.”

After three rigorous semesters studying software design, construction, and testing, Essuman completed the program. By then, he was working in a rotational program, in different positions, at Comcast-NBCUniversal in Philadelphia.

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This gave him the chance to utilize both the technical expertise and leadership skills he gained at Great Valley.

“By being in class with people who manage teams, and even CTO and CIOs, I was able to see their thinking process,” he said.

Essuman now has a leadership position. He is heading a data engineering team under NBCUniversal’s enterprise business intelligence group.

Read more about Nana Yaw Essuman at Penn State News here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Penn State Great Valley here.

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