Alumni at Work
Victoria Cooper ’17
Major at MMA: International Business and Logistics
Extracurricular involvement while at MMA: Women’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse, SBLA
Employer: Strategic Maintenance Solutions, Inc.
Where has your career taken you since graduation?
Directly after graduation, I started working for SMS from our Gorham, ME office. However, I travel quite a bit for them. I’ve been to Raleigh, NC three times working with a client called FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. I just got back from doing a blind inventory count in Portsmouth, NH for a company called Newington Energy, a powerplant.
What is your current title and what are your responsibilities?
I currently am a consultant. I do a lot of the behind the curtain work for our projects. I download our software and configure it in the downloading process so that it works properly. Then I meet with our clients to configure it to their needs and upload their data- which usually means 50-100k records in excel. I get all of that working properly in our maintenance system.
What piece of advice would you give to a student going into your field?
Don’t be shy to try new things. You never know what field you might like. Also, be more ambitious while at school. Once you get into the real world your time is really focused around your career.
How did the MMA experience prepare you for both your prior positions and your current career focus?
The IBL courses I took definitely prepared me for the basics in this career, but until you go out and experience it (your co-op helps you do that too) you won’t truly be prepared.
What are your goals for the future?
I just want to see myself progress in all aspects of my life. Whether that be advance in the company that I currently work for, or take new positions elsewhere. I think people are always so afraid to do that, but we’re so young right out of college. We need to take those chances to find our ultimate happiness.