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I have completed my first year of doctoral studies! I cannot believe I made it this far. To be honest, this one-year accomplishment was only possible because of the support and efforts of my entire family.

Fall is here! It has been quite an eventful summer, and I’m looking forward to the end of the year. So far, I’ve completed all the research papers for my summer classes. I’ve spent the entire summer preparing them so that I can focus on the fall classes I teach and for Pitch in Paris. 

Summer is now in its last few weeks, and I’m reflecting on my accomplishments thus far. I recently attended three face-to-face courses this past July at St. John’s University in New York City. I was very surprised at the level of expertise each professor had in their field, and the intensity of the content they each delivered. 

During spring this year, I attended the face-to-face Disruptive Innovation course in Paris. Regarding the buzzword of "disruptive innovation," I was very excited about the benefits the course could offer for my daily work experience. And the three days of the course turned out to be very stimulating for me! I appreciated the diversity of the course participants in Paris. So much diversity allows for plenty of interesting discussions during the workshops, lunchtime, or at dinner. Perhaps disruptive ideas can even flourish along the way.

The life of a PhD student is indeed a journey that molds one’s character through perseverance, time management, restraint, and patience. It is now summer in New York, which means it is time to begin my scheduled courses at St. John’s University. This will be my very first set of face-to-face classes, and I’m quite excited to meet and learn from my fellow classmates and professors.

At the beginning of October 2017, I attended my third in-person course in Paris. My specialization in my program is entrepreneurship and innovation. But during that course, the focus is the future of work, which includes pivotal changes in the near future for organizations. As a mechanical engineer, I was very interested in how the profession and work environment will change for mechanical engineers in the future. The findings during the course and the final assignment were enlightening for me and changed my mindset about how I would be interacting with the upcoming megatrends in an organization. In this blog post, I will discuss my findings during the course, how mechanical engineering is changing, and what challenges will be involved.

In The Future of Work, I gained insight into the upcoming megatrends. I now understand how rapidly expanding access to information and ideas will disrupt traditional product development processes and product lifecycle management in the mechanical engineering field.

It has now been three months since I started the PhD program at ISM. So far, I've completed the initial requirement of the program: Case Analysis I worth 1.5 credits. Working on this paper helped me to comprehend the rigor of the research component of the program.

Entrepreneurship is part and parcel of any business education, no matter which business school you go to and what concentration you choose to achieve your future goals. This passion and quest for exploring various entrepreneurial horizons are also part of ISM's ethos.

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