“I wanted to leverage my technology experience and background in the military, but knew that if I wanted to be prepared for leadership opportunities I needed to catch up with my peers who had been in the corporate world for the last seven years.”
Daryl Cooper, MS, EMTM’04
HP Enterprise Services
Daryl Cooper, MS, EMTM’04
A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Daryl served as an engineer and project manager on telecom and IT projects in the Air Force for seven years, both in California and Germany. When he was ready to leave the military and enter the corporate space he decided he needed a “crash course” in business. “I wanted to leverage my technology experience and background in the military, but knew that if I wanted to be prepared for leadership opportunities I needed to catch up with my peers who had been in the corporate world for the last seven years.” Around that time, Daryl joined SEI Investments, where his mentor, an EMTM graduate, told him about the program.
After his mentor, Jim Stodgill EMTM ’97, advised him to look into EMTM, Daryl found that the program seemed like just the thing he was looking for. “The idea of learning how to manage technology in a combination program, especially one with Wharton’s pedigree, was very appealing to me. Jim spoke of all the benefits it had brought to his career and he had a similar background, coming from the military.” Having never been part of a college campus, Daryl was drawn to Penn’s idyllic setting and the weekend experience. It didn’t take too much more convincing for Daryl to give it a try and he applied shortly thereafter.
Daryl stayed at SEI through the first year of the program, then left the company for Electronic Data Systems. Within a short time, he was promoted to account executive. “I truly feel that the experience and knowledge I got at EMTM helped me get the job and that promotion.”
Hewlett-Packard bought EDS and Daryl was transferred to California in 2007. In his job today he works with a billion-dollar technology company to help them outsource their IT operations. He regularly draws from marketing, product development and negotiations classes to bid on new projects, manage the accounts and hit profit and revenue targets. EMTM’s technology electives in software development and advanced networking positioned him to communicate with the company’s technologists to provide a global service help desk to support its customers. “One thing my client looks for is innovation and EMTM has given me the discipline to research new trends and bring them back to my client. In general I would say it’s been a good thing to have on my profile, a differentiator when it comes to working with prominent clients.”
Above all, Daryl values the human network he became part of at EMTM. Through fellow students he has been introduced to contacts in his field and he has helped others, both with resume feedback and connections for job searches. “Many of those relationships are still active and important to me today and I continue to see some EMTM peers socially.”
Daryl’s career goal is to eventually become a senior IT leader and he believes that EMTM has accelerated his progress. “EMTM has helped me catch up and it has prepared me for larger opportunities I feel ready for whatever comes my way.”