As students prepare to launch their careers after graduation, the product manager at a German company's American subsidiary urges them to think about what it takes to get Apple's iPhone into their hands.
"Hundreds or thousands of product transactions occur throughout the supply chain before Apple begins selling to consumers," said Jeff Pinegar, a former Franklin & Marshall College professor who now works for Phoenix Contact in Harrisburg, Pa. "Graduates are probably 10 times more likely to find themselves in an enterprise creating products for another business rather than for a consumer."
As an engineer and marketer, he has worked on product development ranging from naval guns to software applications. He said that although two-thirds of the U.S. economy is said to be consumer driven, most graduates would land jobs with firms that do business with other firms.
At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Stager Hall's Stahr Auditorium, Pinegar will speak on "A Lifetime of Innovation," sponsored by F&M's Department of Business, Organizations & Society.
Pinegar said he would share his passion for product development during the 90-minute interactive event, touching on topics ranging from the new product development process to the day-to-day life of a product manager.
After teaching at F&M for three years in the early 2000s, Pinegar turned to another of his passions, product innovation, and returned to the private sector. He said the discussion is an opportunity for students to connect their academic experiences with potential careers.