“If I had it to do over again, I would try to find a college which gives a program in business administration along with a thorough knowledge of engineering.”
The M&T Program grew out of this statement in the late 1970s. At that time, the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Board of Overseers — a distinguished group of corporate executives and academicians — emphasized the growing need for graduates who could bridge the gap between management and technical disciplines. They saw an opportunity to create a much-needed, distinctively unique, and dynamic program: Thus, the M&T Program was born.
Since the formal introduction of the Management & Technology Program in 1977, it has attracted exceptional students from around the world and has grown much more rapidly than was originally anticipated. In January 1995, Jerome Fisher (Wharton ’53), founder and chairman of the Nine West Group, donated $5.5 million to endow and support the M&T Program. “Understanding the relationship between business and technology is increasingly vital to building and maintaining competitive advantage in the global marketplace,” remarked Fisher in announcing his contribution endowing the program.
For 35 years since the M&T Program's inception, today's business leaders are still echoing the thoughts of the Board of Overseers and are continuously recognizing the benefit of a thorough understanding of engineering fundamentals along with an equal understanding of sound management principles.
Since the Program’s creation, the M&T community has transformed into a vibrant and close-knit society. Current students attend a number of events planned by the M&T Student Board and support each other within academics, social life, and in some cases, residential life.
With over 1,900 alumni worldwide, graduates from the M&T Program represent a number of industries and fields, including investment banking, the technology sector, hedge funds and private equity, venture capital, aviation, medicine, biotechnology, consulting, law, and more. The M&T community in general is highly entrepreneurial, working on their own ventures or collaborating on start-up enterprises. With eight regional groups across the globe, M&T alumni love to stay connected, and frequently recruit fellow graduates and current students for internships and full-time positions.