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Engineering Means Business

Release Date:
1/31/2012 6:49 PM

Moving from Engineering To Business

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. - The University of New Haven’s Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will host a presentation by Tom Giordano, former vice president of marketing for Philips Healthcare, on Feb. 22.

The lecture will focus on moving from engineering into business and will take place in the Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road in West Haven, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Giordano will describe his career progression from engineering to senior executive management. He will discuss how transitioning from engineering to marketing and other business functions is not often considered by engineers, despite the unique value they offer to the marketing process.

“Never in a million years did I think I would wind up in marketing and ultimately running a company, much less enjoying it,” he said. “The thing I learned most in my career is to keep all doors open to new opportunities. You never know.”

Giordano worked at Philips Healthcare for 28 years before retiring in 2005. During this time, he held positions in engineering, product management, marketing management and finally senior-level business leadership. As vice president of marketing, he was responsible for managing 240 professionals and responsible for several billion dollars in sales.  He also played a key role as a course developer and instructor in the management development and executive training efforts of the company.

Giordano is now an executive-in-residence at the University of New Haven, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and received his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida.

For more information contact:  Dr. Ismail Orabi at or 203 932 7144.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.