Current 2021-2022 MSIM Students

Alyssa Cereck

My name is Alyssa Cereck. I am originally from Great Falls, MT, and chose to attend school at MSU because it was so close to home. I graduated fall of 2020 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do because traditional engineering jobs didn't seem interesting anymore.


I chose to continue my education with this program because I wanted to develop leadership skills and grow my education with business skills. Being a part of this program has been a fantastic experience, and I have had the opportunity to make unique professional connections through networking events and guest speakers. The class has also had the chance to bond as we experience the program together, especially after the sprint week. During the sprint week, we created a go-to-market pitch for an actual company and got to pitch it to the company board and an angel investor. Being an engineering major, this was a surreal experience that opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I can do with my career.


This program has opened my eyes to the possibility of starting my own entrepreneurial ventures and provided me with experiences that can impact any career path I choose. I am excited to see what opportunities this program can bring for myself and others in the program!

Austin Hull

The MSIM program has pushed me out of my comfort zone and grown me in so many ways. It has offered unique experiences, including amazing guest speakers and networking events, which provide a variety of different perspectives and food for thought. The cohort model has also been extremely valuable, pushing us in group work and growing each of us as leaders.

My undergraduate degree was in computer science with a minor in business administration. I love the problem-solving and technological aspects of programming, but I also wanted the opportunity to make use of my interpersonal skills. This program has taken the skills I learned in my business administration minor and expanded them in every direction, which will allow me to better utilize the technical skills learned in computer science. I will always remember the stress and sense of accomplishment which arose from the sprint week during our first week of classes.

Lauren Kemp

Lauren graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in Latin American and Latino studies and is currently a student in the MSIM program. She saw this program as an opportunity to improve her understanding of business and develop new skills in innovation. The program is outstanding; her personal highlights include the first week's "sprint" where seven groups of students came up with a plan to take a real product to market and were able to pitch their ideas to an executive team and investor, and meeting Norm Asbjornson who generously supported the program and its' students. She was also excited to see many of her undergraduate professors involved in the program, who over the years provided encouragement and interest in her future. The "Personal Biography" assignment allowed her to better understand her purpose, providing clarity for her future aspirations.

Ahna Kreitinger

So far, my time spent in the MSIM program has been the most transformative experience. I have learned how to be an impactful leader and develop my innovation and problem-solving skills. We take the time to identify our true passions and learn how to apply them to our professional careers. Every day our professors and classmates push one another to reach our potential. This program has given me the confidence to tackle my future with enthusiasm and gusto. I already feel prepared and optimistic about what’s to come from this.

My time as an undergrad was spent studying finance and participating in a plethora of different activities. From working as a Budget Analyst for MSU’s Budget and Administration offices to running track for MSU to studying abroad in Marseille, France, I wore many hats as an undergrad at MSU. With graduation around the corner, I did not know what was to come - all I knew was I had big goals and no idea how to achieve them. I chose to apply for the MSIM program because I wanted to immerse myself in an environment of ambition, creativity, and critical thinking. There was no better choice than MSIM to help me grow personally and professionally. I remember walking into class on the first day nervous and intimidated. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Little did I know I was about to meet the most incredible classmates, professors, and community members; and grow into be somebody I can be truly proud of.

Kevin Thomas

This program has helped me to grow and develop, shaping the way I think about business leadership and innovation. I have learned so much about how to effectively lead others, and applied that to the business world. My mind has shifted so much as I continue to learn more about entrepreneurship and the many opportunities I didn't know existed.

I studied chemical engineering for my undergrad degree. I really enjoyed learning the technical engineering skills that I would need to solve problems in the fields that I was interested in. As I progressed through my degree, I saw a huge disconnect between engineering and business, particularly with innovative engineering projects. I think there is a demanding need for leaders in engineering to be able to lead businesses in innovative ways to create solutions to major problems. One of the coolest things I have experienced with this program so far is the caliber of people within, and those surrounding and supporting the program. We have met some incredible business leaders in Montana as well as throughout the United States.

Evan Turner

This program has helped me on a multitude of levels. From rounding out my skills to determining what I want to do with my life, I will forever remember the lessons I have taken from this program. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who has an interest in developing leadership and management skills, or who knows that they want to do something impactful but doesn't quite know how they want to do it yet.

I am a Biological Engineering Undergraduate with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I joined this program because I saw the immense value in diversifying my skills and learning how to function and thrive in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment. Overall, I still believe that my favorite moment was being given a crash course on consulting through our first sprint week- learning how to find focus on a task and develop a deliverable with real impact and consequences for a company. Its something that I never would have gained exposure to otherwise, forcing me to learn skills I wouldn't have been able to learn in an engineering internship. I look forward to completing this program and taking these skills into the working world with a much more complete view of what change I can personally create.