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Jennifer Evemeyer | MBA '13

jennifer evemeyer, MBA '13

 

An interesting thought popped into the mind of a younger, 12-year-old Jennifer Evemeyer as her mother was preparing to undergo open-heart surgery to replace a valve. 
 
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Someone who will never meet my mom, invented this thing that saved her life.’ I thought if I could do that someday, it would make me very happy,” said Evemeyer.

After high school, the San Francisco native headed down the coast to the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in biomedical engineering. It was during an internship in her undergraduate career she realized that she wouldn’t be able to advance her career as desired without an MBA. 
 
I needed to understand how all the manufacturing components were related to the financials of the product, and that's where I needed improvement, so I decided to get my MBA sooner rather than later.

Her selection of a business school came with an analytical approach. Evemeyer compiled a list of the top medical device companies and searched which schools had students who were recruited to work at those companies. Purdue’s Krannert School of Management quickly emerged at the top. 

Krannert fostered those ideas, providing the right mix of disciplines, including STEM, and the interaction with a diverse group of students that helped sharpen her approach in operations and finance. The experience gained alongside her technical background made her a valuable asset for a medical device company.

By the end of her first semester in the MBA program, five companies had offered Evemeyer a summer internship. Ultimately, she accepted one at Roche Diagnostics, a global leader in health with U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis.

Soon after the internship, Roche Diagnostic offered Evemeyer a full-time position as a business operations analyst, a position she held until being promoted in November 2017 to regional business controller for Roche's operations in Mannheim, Germany. She is now the Head of Finance at Roche Puerto Rico.

Ultimately, her childhood aspirations came to fruition as saving lives is indeed part of her mission. But instead of attempting to invent medical devices, she’s focused on helping introduce or improve those devices already in the marketplace.

And as for her mom, well “she realizes that I chose an interesting way to look at my experience when I was young,” said Evemyer. But she ultimately agreed that “I couldn’t do it without an MBA.” 

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