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Graduate perspective on Academic Equivalency: Getachew(Get) Michael, CSEP

Sep 16, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Getachew(Get) Michael , a graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), which talks about his experience and perspective as a graduate from the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember!


This interview was conducted in 2022. 

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am a Senior Enterprise Systems Engineer/Software Engineer.

Q2. What are your next career goals?

» My next career goal is to become a CTO/CIO

Q3. What have you learned about systems engineering in school?

» I learned a lot about the criticality of system thinking in the whole process from product conception, stakeholder requirements, system requirements to meet users’ expectations, the design and development and implementation process.

Q4. What interests you about systems engineering?

» I am more interested in the application of system engineering and in the areas of airspace and artificial intelligence.

Q5. What motivated you to get SEP certification?

»  I pursued SEP Certification to advance my system engineering career and to socialize with other engineers to work on projects together.

Q6. How did the academic equivalency program benefit you?

»  Academic equivalency program helped a lot not only to understand the concepts theoretically but also to work on three different projects and wrote three research article publications.

Q7. How did taking courses under the academic equivalency program help you deepen your understanding of SE?

» The courses taken through the academic equivalency program helped me to work with teams on real life projects to apply the system engineering concepts and applications.

Q8. What is your advice for students and research professionals pursuing SEP certification?

» I encourage all to pursue SEP certification as it will definitely give them more opportunities in their career development and be part of a great system engineering team around the world.

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