Catching up with Michael Bourgeois '08
When it came to choosing a major, Michael Bourgeois '08 found a way to combine his natural love of technology and business. A self-proclaimed "computer nerd," he knew his Mac's inner workings, yet he wasn't initially thinking of computer information systems as a career.
"My father owned and operated a small business, and he taught me my first lessons in managing relationships," he says. "My interest grew throughout high school with classes in marketing, business, and management."
"Working with global teams and building relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures is the most satisfying part of my job."
Bourgeois chose computer information systems when he "recognized the tremendous growth opportunity and increasing importance of information system stability and solutions for business." With a Communication minor to complement his computer skills, Bourgeois finds that his ability to easily express himself distinguishes him from many of his peers.
Currently an IT business analyst for Merck Millipore, an international filtration and pharmaceuticals equipment corporation with revenues close to $1 billion annually, Bourgeois travels to Europe and Asia and is a liaison between business and informational technology to leverage capabilities and grow the business.
"Working with global teams and building relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures is the most satisfying part of my job," he says. "I enjoy the exposure to different technologies and markets, especially emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil. It's rewarding to work for a life science/pharmaceutical company, as our goals revolve around disease prevention and improving the quality of life."
Bourgeois enjoys seeing the world in his personal time as well. "In the past year, I've visited 15 different countries, and I'm always open to a new adventure." But when he's back in Boston, he's "fortunate enough to have a group of long-time friends and family who remind me there's 'no place like home'."
Bourgeois participates in Bryant events, including alumni career panels, Reunion @ Homecoming, film festivals, and Regional Alumni Networking events in Boston. "Bryant has a powerful network," he says.
"Staying connected can create a lot of opportunities, and I'm happy to be able to give back by providing guidance for students, which I appreciated as an undergrad."