Andrew Martin, DFA Vanderbilt ‘16, is a Product Development Engineer at TE Connectivity Ltd.

“I use a lot of what I learned from DFA on a daily basis at my job. From post-it note brainstorming sessions to Pugh Matrix concept selection, we leverage many of the same tools when developing new products. The experience of working on project teams and having been through the design process several times in DFA prepared me for similar challenges in the workplace. I learned it is ok to step back, iterate, or gather more information when things bog down. I learned how important it is to understand the problem, or customer requirements, so that you can generate appropriate solutions. And I learned that by avoiding criticism, creative ideas can flourish and build off of each other.”

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