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Two-Time Alum: 'My Time at the University of New Haven Has Been Instrumental in Preparing Me for Success'

Demetrius Holliman ’22, ’23 MBA draws on the skills he honed as a Charger in his role as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney. And as an adjunct professor, he inspires the students who are now following in his footsteps.

March 18, 2024

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

Demetrius Holliman ’22, ’23 MBA
Demetrius Holliman ’22, ’23 MBA. (Photo by Ramier Williams ’20)

For Demetrius Holliman ’22, ’23 MBA, his time as a Charger enabled him to grow as a leader. Whether he was volunteering in the local community or getting involved with an organization on campus, he enjoyed building his skills and making new connections.

Holliman, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is a senior project engineer at Pratt & Whitney, a leader in designing, manufacturing, and servicing aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.

"My time at the University of New Haven was instrumental in preparing me for success in various ways," he said. "Pursuing my degree in mechanical engineering provided me with a robust foundation in analytical thinking, problem-solving, and technical skills. These skills are crucial for navigating the challenges of the professional world."

As a Charger, Holliman built his skills both in and out of the classroom. He served as a mechanical design/technical assistant intern at Brother’s Harley-Davidson in Branford, Conn., through the University’s Bergami Summer Internship Fellowship program. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he continued his education at the University, earning his MBA with a STEM-designated concentration in data analytics.

"Undertaking this degree showcased my dedication to interdisciplinary learning and equipped me with valuable knowledge in business strategy and data analysis," explained Holliman. "This combination of engineering and business acumen positions me uniquely in today's competitive landscape."

'Propel me toward achieving my goals'

Holliman has fond memories of his time as a student, such as celebrating his Charger Pride with the University community at football games and exploring all that the Greater New Haven area has to offer. Dedicated to the local community, Holliman took part in a variety of service opportunities, including cleanup events and toy and food drives, as well as fundraisers for breast cancer support organizations and the March of Dimes.

As an active member of the Charger community, he was involved in a variety of organizations, including the University’s National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and NAACP chapters. He also served as a leader in the University’s Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. – Gamma Alpha Tau chapter. A former Charger Ambassador, he also instructed GroupX fitness classes in the Beckerman Recreation Center.

"My involvement in campus organizations and volunteering efforts during my time at the University of New Haven further developed my leadership abilities, communication skills, and sense of community engagement," said Holliman. "These attributes are integral for success in any endeavor, be it academic or professional."

Holliman continues to be an active member of the Charger community. As an adjunct professor in the University’s Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department, he’s excited to help students power their own careers.

"My experiences at the University of New Haven provided me with a well-rounded education, a diverse skillset, and a strong foundation," he said. "This will undoubtedly propel me toward achieving my goals and making significant contributions in my chosen field."