Javier Detrinidad, MBA 2011

On critical thinking at Olin:

Think about a great meal. What makes it great? You have the ingredients, but it’s also the chef who prepares the food. Olin is the expert at training the chefs. I think you have all the right elements at Olin. It’s the perfect mix—creating a recipe for excellence.

Thinking critically and creatively to solve a problem is a skill that sets the Olin MBA apart from others. It’s not about going through the motions, being able to calculate NPV and IRR, or learning skills that are going to help you create a fantastic marketing campaign. It’s really about analyzing the issues, taking them, throwing them around and being creative and critical about them and then realizing that the solution that you are trying to give is the right solution for the right problem.

Financial Associate & Diversity Retention, Edward Jones, St. Louis, MO
Sustainability & Animal Welfare, Nestle Purina, St. Louis, MO

Education: BA, Business Administration, Drury University, Springfield, MO
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua