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Fully Employed MBA Student Projects

TEam of femab students
Team of students

Professional Experience

Fully Employed MBA students have an average of 12 years of professional work experience. These experienced students offer years of specialized knowledge from their fields, as well as a broad range of degree backgrounds from business to engineering and even law.

Team Size and Project Availability

Fully Employed MBA students work together in teams of 4-5 students. This collaborative approach allows for a variety of skills to be applied to the project. Projects for fully employed MBA students begin in August and conclude in December.

Student Industry Knowledge

Fully Employed MBA students work full time while completing their degree. This offers a unique value opportunity to have an external analysis from professionals from a variety of industry backgrounds. *The graph on this page illustrates the industry knowledge of the current graduating class of 2021.

FEMBA class of 2021 industry backgrounds

*Data from the class of 2021.


FEMBA Project Advisors

Don Sciglimpaglia

Dr. Don Sciglimpaglia, PhD
Marketing Faculty

Don Sciglimpaglia was most recently Professor of Marketing in the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University, where he helped to direct the MBA Consulting program. He also teaches in the Master of International Business Program at the University of Adelaide (Australia) and in the MBA program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  Previously, he has also taught at the University of California San Diego, University of Colorado, Colorado State University and University of Kansas, as well as in Taiwan and in the United Kingdom. He earned a BSIE in Industrial and Systems Engineering (University of Florida), a MS in Aeronautical Systems (University of West Florida) and a PhD in Marketing, Statistics and Social Psychology (University of Colorado).  Don strives to get his students involved in real-life applications, such as designing marketing plans or conducting marketing research for clients. 

Don has been an active consultant in the areas of marketing strategy, marketing research and digital marketing.  Some of his past and present clients include AT&T, IBM, McDonald’s, HP, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, San Diego Sockers, Signet Armorlite, Cubic Corporation, Mitchell International, Solahart Industries (Australia), Suunto Sports (Finland), Kirin Brewing (Japan), Gold Fassl Brewing (Austria) and Head Racquet Sports (Austria).  In the public sector, he has been a consultant to the cities of Malibu, Poway and National City, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Riverside County Fair, Native American gaming tribes of California, SDSU Research Foundation, California State Parks, Bayview Development Corporation and the San Diego Workforce Partnership. He has also conducted funder research for the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Science Foundation and has presented testimony before the California Public Utilities Commission.

David Grooms

David Grooms
MBA Career Advisor

David Grooms is a senior operating advisor for Corbel Capital Private Equity Group, focused on Aerospace and Defense markets. He provides consulting services to multiple companies in developing plans for capital raises, business development and expansion, operations and product development.

David also is a seasoned executive and currently CEO of Mesa Secure, an Aerospace & Defense and Business Services consulting company. David was previously COO of Datron World Communications and President of the Datron Advanced Technology Group, overseeing the manufacture, design, and distribution of military communications solutions. Prior to Datron, David was, among other roles, President of Kyocera North America, overseeing facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Guam, with over $1 billion in sales as of his 20th year with the company. David has extensive experience developing strong sales growth, product development and establishing manufacturing operations in the US, Mexico and Israel, and also has extensive business experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.

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