Jason Harp '12
Internship: Bain & Company
Through the Office of Cooperative Research, I connected with the engineering department and learned about the technologies that Yale’s labs are ready to monetize.
I have a background in mechanical engineering. Before I came to SOM, I worked as a consultant to clean energy startups. At one point, I had to decide between two projects: One client wanted me to build a prototype for a particular drill, a very engineering-heavy project; another client had asked me to run a business model analysis on a thermal battery that they wanted to deploy to telecom towers in India. I decided that I wanted to work with the battery and learn about a new business model. And I decided to get an MBA.
One of the great aspects of being at Yale is that I’ve been able to engage with people throughout the university. Through the Office of Cooperative Research, I connected with the engineering department and learned about the technologies that Yale’s labs are ready to monetize—for example, I worked with some magnetic solder research, which will be a part of the next transformation in mobile devices.
I also spent my first semester developing the business skills I needed for my consulting interviews, in class and in the Consulting Club. The club started by doing very simple market-sizing questions: how many golf balls would fit in an airplane? Then we read one of the leading books about case interviewing, and once we got some intuitive understanding of the first few points, they brought in the author to help teach the rest of it, which is amazing. And then they brought in an ex-McKinsey interviewer to teach us a little more about structure and casing. So they gave us an incredibly solid foundation from which we then built.
Interviewed on April 7, 2011.