International VP, Power Business Group
CH2M HILL Power
MS Engineering Management, Class of 2010
During the spring of 2010, Daniel Baublis was not only engaging in graduate coursework in strategic management, but also travelling internationally for his position as International VP at CH2M HILL Power. This busy schedule included speaking at the Arabian Power and Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, sponsored by the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), an internationally recognized publication providing essential information for interested parties conducting business in the Middle East and North Africa. On these trips, Mr. Baublis provided his expertise and enlightened attendees on the differences between developing renewable energy projects and traditional fossil power.
So how did he manage to balance this hectic schedule? Knowing his position demanded frequent international travel, Mr. Baublis searched for a master’s program that allowed him to work from anywhere in the world while still offering topnotch academic rigor and reputation. When deciding on the MS Engineering Management at Drexel University, he noted that it was one of the few programs that allowed him to tailor the program to meet his needs by choosing from a variety of electives from inside the College of Engineering and other disciplines. He also reflected that the program provided the right mix of business and financial courses while focusing on management of technical resources.
Daniel Baublis is a senior technical executive with more than ten years of executive management in the power industry and over thirty years experience as an engineer. He has served as the Vice President – International for CH2M HILL’s Power Business Group since 2008, where among other accomplishments he successfully identifies and facilitates international market entry. Prior to his current role, Mr. Baublis has served as VP – Engineering and Construction for InterGen Services, Inc., a global independent power producer, and as a senior level consultant for Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MS Engineering Management from Drexel University, and is a registered P.E. in NC and MA. He currently resides in Boston with his wife and two children.
Mr. Baublis graciously took time out of his busy schedule to serve as a guest speaker for current students in our EGMT 630: Global Engineering Project Management elective course, and also to answer some questions for our program management team on his experience in the Engineering Management Program--
How has the curriculum and your experience in Drexel’s MS EM equipped you for success in your career?
I found every class in my program to be directly applicable to my work. My last course focused on strategic planning which coincided with my company’s annual planning process. I will be leading a workshop in planning for my team to better develop and implement our long-term strategic and near-term business plans.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
The ten week terms go pretty quickly and the demands on your time can become overwhelming. I found that sticking to a regular schedule helped immensely. Depending on the class, I would try to get the reading done by a certain day each week, then work on the other class requirements. Sunday morning is a great time to get caught up on reading.
Also, find your friends just as you would in a classroom setting. Having someone to call or email really helps. Online does not mean easy and the work can become overwhelming unless you have someone with who you can commiserate as well as celebrate the victories.
What are some of your personal interests?
I enjoy traveling, cooking, golf and biking when I can. Fortunately, my work allows me to combine my personal interests and my professional interests. In the past year I traveled to six continents.
I am now perfecting, or trying to perfect, my pizza recipe, especially the dough. The complexity of cooking is not unlike engineering. I enjoy cooking for my family, even after a hard day, maybe especially after a hard day. Cooking helps me relax and the benefit comes when you sit down to the meal.
What are your future career goals?
Now that my kids are both in college, I’d like to consider an international assignment. Though I have worked in many parts of the world, most of my assignments have been short-term. Basing my operations elsewhere provides a different perspective on both local and world events. Business today requires a global perspective while gaining an understanding of the local culture. The challenge is integrating and satisfying both views simultaneously. I find working in that environment both demanding and exciting.
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