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Joseph Hannasch
MBA '11

United States Air Force



Joseph Hannash sits in the library at Boston College


Joseph Hannasch, BC MBA '11, sought an MBA to acquire business knowledge and facilitate his transition from military to civilian life. The Carroll School of Management's Evening MBA Program allowed Joseph to continue building his resume while working towards his degree, and to apply what he was learning directly to his job. Joseph accepted a position with General Electric while completing the MBA program, where he currently works as a Contracts Manager.

"I was on active duty in the Air Force for nearly six years before I started looking at MBA programs. My job in the Service involved contracts and acquisitions, so I was encountering some business concepts that I didn't know much about. I decided it would be a good idea to get a greater understanding of the business world.

I went to an information session at the Carroll School, where I heard students talk about the school's values and the importance of accountability, integrity, and mutual respect. That resonated strongly with me, because those values lined up very closely with what I had been steeped in as a member of the military.

Even though I was a part-time student, I found opportunities to get involved outside of class. As the Evening MBA Program representative to the Graduate Management Association (GMA), for example, I was involved with planning events and budgeting. Most of the members of the GMA were full-time students, but it was an inclusive group that accomodated the concerns of part-time students.

I left the military in December 2008, in large part so I could stay in Boston and continue with my MBA. I started working at General Electric while I was still in school. I'm still with GE, but now that I've completed my MBA, I have increased responsibilities and I'm involved in strategic planning."