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Joining Bentley in 2000 as a Geospatial Certification Analyst I was charged with certifying various desktop products and functionality within the Geospatial product line. Amongst these tasks included certifying licensing for Geospatial. By 2003 this responsibility had grown to manage all internal licenses for Bentley across our entire vertical and platform products. 2006 the responsibility blossomed into Licensing Program Manager. Whilst I had a hand in all things licensing, my primary goal was to bring licensing continuity across all Bentley products and product lines.
Over the course of 2009-2013 I attended The Pennsylvania State University School of Graduate and Professional Studies campus located in Malvern, Pa. During my time there I earned a Masters of Science in Information Science, a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance. Why? Well, to begin, I must give credit where credit is due; had it not been for my father leading off each and every one of our conversations with "So when are you getting your masters?" I would likely have taken much longer in getting around to doing it. During high school and undergrad I was not the poster child for the model student. I took the road less traveled and made sure to experience almost everything life had to offer. In other words, I was a "C" student at best. However, 10 years out of school, I had ambitions for something more career-wise and I knew the road to achieve these ambitions went through grad school. Thus, off I went.
The campus has a rolling admission. Within 24 hours of being accepted, I was sitting in my first class in over almost 10 years. The class was about middleware. Look what I have wrote thus far and you can see, I was way out of my league or at least that was my fear. I quickly learned not only how to take notes and study (properly) but how to be resourceful and make the best of what I had in front of me. These 4 years were life-changing for me and I would not trade up the experience for anything. At some point in the not so distant future, I intend to get a PhD. I doubt it will have a large impact on my professional career, however the personal gain and sense of accomplishment will be well worth my time.
My latest role with Bentley has taken me away from the licensing spot light. I am now a Systems Engineer where I focus my time and energy on our internal processes and procedures. My goal is to improve their effectiveness by aligning our internal processes and procedures with our corporate goals and mission, thus ensuring everything we do is in support of our corporate needs.