Stephen Fecho, Jr.
What was the nature of your job before you decided to join the EMTM program?
When I enrolled in the EMTM program, I was a Project Engineer in Merck's Central Engineering Biotech Projects group with responsibilities that included design, construction, safety and qualification of vaccine manufacturing facilities ranging from $14M - $113M.
What made you decide to go back to grad school? Why the EMTM program at Stevens?
In 1997, as a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering at NJIT, I was afforded the opportunity to intern in Merck's Research Laboratory division working in the Natural Products Isolation Pilot Plant. After graduating in 2001, I began my professional career with Merck and quickly realized that continuous education and professional development were paramount to career growth. Deciding to pursue a graduate program was easy; the difficult decision was selecting a university. After defining my key requirements and investigating numerous institutions, I decided on Stevens for its EMTM curriculum, vast professor knowledge and convenient location. Completely satisfied with the EMTM program, I decided to pursue my MBA in Technology Management to round out my education. I would add that Stevens made it very easy in that I only needed five additional courses beyond EMTM for my MBA degree.
What value did you derive from the program?
The EMTM/EMBA program allowed me to think more strategically, lead with emotional intelligence and build my confidence to interact with senior management.
What changes have occurred in your professional life since taking the program?
While enrolled in the EMTM program, I was promoted to the role of Senior Sourcing Analyst in Merck's Global Procurement department leading the Chemical & Utility Equipment categories. Soon after graduating from the EMTM program, I transferred into the Network Strategy Planning & Execution group where I played an active leadership role in the development and execution of Merck's transformational Supply Strategy. Specifically, I led key product technology transfers resulting in >$100M in savings while more than doubling the PGM. Additionally, I led the divestiture of a Sterile Manufacturing Plant in Italy. In 2008, under the leadership of my Sr. Director, I orchestrated the design and feasibility of a Market Intelligence Center of Expertise. Most recently, I was promoted to Manager, to launch and lead this global organization, which stretches across Asia, Europe and North America in support of over $7B in spend. To date, this has been my utmost professional achievement for which I am indebted to my EMTM/MBA experience. I firmly believe the knowledge gained through the Stevens graduate program has led to this rapid growth in my career.