The Powerful Combination

Explain how you will use this program to explore your interest in business, engineering, and the intersection of the two. It is helpful to identify potential engineering and business paths available at Penn. (400-650 words)


From the time of dispatch, an EMT has approximately 120 seconds to get to the patient before life expectancy begins to drop. A fire engine has the luxury of 600 seconds before the number of alarms doubles and triples. These estimates do not include any additional adversities that might occur such as traffic, weather, and communication failure.

How do you begin to save lives if any of your machinery is archaic? As a volunteer fireman and EMT trainee, I have witnessed the obstacles that can possibly hinder saving a life. In my short time with the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company, I have already begun to outline prototypes to help my colleagues and my community members ensure both efficiency and the highest order of care. The M&T Program will make my success possible because, unlike a double major in business and engineering, the M&T Program integrates management and technology into one complementary curriculum.

My current foray into the combination of business and engineering has been to redesign the standard hose and personal protective equipment that firemen use. Before the hose even attaches to the hydrant, a fireman must endure lifting and unraveling approximately two hundred pounds, most of this weight accounted for...

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