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Alumni Snapshot: Rick Herrmann (MSTM '98, GSBM)
* Manager, U.S. Public Sector Initiatives: State, Local, Education, and Advocacy
* Intel Corporation, 18 years experience
* Washington, D.C.
George Washington University
Masters in Science & Technology Policy, 2006
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Masters in Science of Telecommunication Management (MSTM), 1998
Business Administration, 1990
Passion: "To improve the lives of children and communities through technology."
Tips for business students: "Understand the world. If you're in the business or technology world, you need to continually keep up. Always be on the razor edge of skills available. The same holds true for learning. At the Library of Congress there is an arch with several engravings depicted. At one end there is a young person reading. At the other end, there is an old person reading. It's meant to demonstrate that learning is a life-long endeavor. You should be continually sharpening your skills."
Lifelong goal: "I have always wanted to be in technology, because of the power it has to change peoples' lives."
A sign of the times: "I got my MSTM at Pepperdine nine years ago. At that time, I had a huge stack of books required for the program. I recently completed my master's in Science & Technology Policy at George Washington University, I never used a single book. All the information and data was available over the nternet. This is clearly the future."
Thinking globally: "China is an amazing country. The pace of everything is unbelievable. The first time I went there, with Pepperdine in1996, it was an emerging country. Now the major cities are as or more advanced than any major city in the world."
The history of Intel Corporation is marked by dramatic successes and imaginative creations, market slowdowns and reorganization, and ultimately, continued achievement in the world of computer implements.
That Pepperdine alumnus Rick Herrmann has persevered and risen through the Intel ranks over the past 18 years is a testament to his determination and belief in the mission, value, and culture of the company.
Herrmann started as an intern in 1989, in the decade when IBM personal computers were first introduced to the scene. Intel leadership modified the company's vision and business plan to keep in step with a booming industry.
Sitting in a conference room at Intel's Washington, D.C. office, Herrmann reflects on the dizzying rate of technological change since he first came to the company.
"I wrote my first report on an Apple 2e," Herrmann says, referring to the longest-produced personal computer of the 1980s. Now Herrmann's new favorite toy is his new MacBook Pro—a machine that can do about everything but stand up and walk. It's a far cry from the Apple whose biggest boast was 64 KB of memory (as much as one lengthy e-mail) and the ability to display both capital and lowercase letters.
It's not just the ability to adapt but to thrive that's kept Herrmann on the Intel team. While his early years were focused on growth and national/international development, his new on-the-job ambition is to get technology into the classrooms of underserved communities in the United States.
"I find that true effectiveness requires an intersection of personal passion with business endeavors," Herrmann notes.
He's also jazzed by the idea of kids benefiting from technology and connecting with the world. "It's a huge passion of mine," he says of Intel's "World Ahead" program. Over the next five years it will help get computers into the hands of 10 to 15 million new people and will train 10 million teachers worldwide on the effective use of technology in the classroom.
Given Herrmann's drive and focus, there is little doubt that classrooms, students, and communities five years from now will be better equipped for the next era in educational technology.
by Lyric Hassler