What course(s) do you teach in the MBA program? (1) Operations Analysis; (2) Project Management; and, periodically, (3) Planning and Control Systems
What is your background? What did you do before you decided to become a professor? I grew up in a multi-generation business environment, and never knew anything other than that. I went to college, you know, to find myself and all that and what I found was that I love to study. It took me a few more years to realize that I could actually be a professional student (i.e. a professor), but once I did figure that out, there was no turning back.
What is your favorite part of being a professor? The students!
How did you end up at the University of Illinois? It’s a world class academic environment. I came here out of grad school, made friends with the MBA, and stayed.
What are the two biggest challenges you face? Actually I have three. In my house, we call them “our children”.
What is the best part of your course? That’s a trade secret ;-)
Do you have any advice for young professionals? Get an Illinois MBA!
A big thank you to Professor Petruzzi! Be sure to check back for more "meet and greets" with other MBA professors!