Student Spotlight: Aaron Thomson
Aaron Thomson has always been fascinated with cars, vehicle dynamics and mechanics.
"I inherited part of this fascination from my Dad, who worked in the automotive industry, and I continued to develop my skills by working on cars from an early age," he said. "That's why I chose engineering as a career."
Thomson earned his Associate in Engineering Science degree from College of DuPage in 2003. He followed that with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 2006 and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2012.
"I chose to pursue an MBA because it not only complements my engineering degrees, but it also makes me viable in a tough job market," he said. "Having pursued my MBA at Thunderbird gave me the opportunity to travel the world and participate in Regional Business Environment classes in Switzerland and Hong Kong."
After NIU, Thomson joined Robert Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division as a marketing associate in the Diagnostics Division, which provided him with a good understanding of product management and helped him fine-tune the analytical skills he developed while studying engineering. He is currently a senior demand planner for the Wal-Mart Account at Newell Rubbermaid.
"I help to forecast business so that we are taking the right estimates to Wall Street and, at the same time, maintaining appropriate inventory costs," he said. "I continue to utilize my analytical skills to plan product and minimize inventory carrying costs which ultimately improves profitability."
Thomson is positive about his future, and he has plenty of advice for students at College of DuPage.
"The education that I received at COD was the catalyst for my successful business career and I hope to give back to the COD community in whatever capacity that I can in the future," he said. "I would suggest that any COD student finish their bachelor's degree and then possibly consider a master's degree, such as an MBA, if they want to diversify their employment opportunities. But first and foremost, finish that associate's degree at COD!"
2012 College of DuPage