Interview 10: Albany Mulholland

Albany Mulholland (BSc Engineering Sciences, Harvard University), USA

Prior to starting his MBA at MIT Sloan, Albany worked internationally as a mine optimisation engineer, using data analytics to find efficiencies and increase productivity within open-pit mine operations.  Prior to working in mining, he spent five years serving in the Household Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, conducting both armoured reconnaissance and ceremonial work. He is hoping to continue working in the natural resource industry on completion of his MBA, combining his operations, technical and analytical experience.

When did you start thinking about doing an MBA?
I have had the idea of studying for an MBA at the back of my mind for some time. I see it as a useful way to transition between roles within an industry, moving from engineer to technical management.

What do you hope to achieve through your MBA experience?
I have three goals that I hope to achieve by the end of my MBA. The first is to learn about the financial side of business management as I’ve had little exposure to this. The second is to develop a diverse network of talented individuals. Finally, I hope to develop my own management style that will help me to lead successful teams in the future.

How will you use your MBA to further your career?
I would like to use my MBA to propel myself from a purely technical field into a combined management/technical role. I would like to be able to have greater influence on the strategic direction a company heads in, rather than solely solving problems and advising operations. In five years, I hope to have a management role in a mining operation.

How did you learn about the SMF scholarship?
I found out about the SMF from Rod Garcia, Dean of Admissions at MIT Sloan. I was interviewed by him and when I asked about funding options, he mentioned the fellowship and how I would be eligible for it as an engineer.

What difference has the scholarship made to you?
The scholarship has made studying for an MBA in the USA possible. It has reduced the risk of spending a large amount on fees and leaving the workplace for two years. I would not have been so able to study for an MBA if it weren’t for the SMF.

What are your expectations of being part of the SMF network after business school?
For me, one of the most exciting parts of the SMF is the network of people involved, from such a diverse number of industries. I hope to have the chance to get to know many of them during and after business school, offering assistance where possible and ask for advice when needed. I also hope to find a mentor through the network.

How do you hope to support SMF after you graduate from business school?
I would like to be involved with the promotion of the SMF, encouraging others to apply. It would also give me great pleasure to mentor young engineers in the future and offer support wherever possible. I am keen to promote mining engineering as a worthwhile and useful engineering field and line of work, so necessary for global development and the move towards greater renewable energy production.

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