alumni sunny groverKnowing he didn’t want to remain in electrical engineering, Oregon State alumnus Sunny Grover entered a new professional arena and swung for the fences.

He’s been circling the bases ever since.

“I hit a home run with choosing consulting as a career coming out of the MBA program,” said Grover, a senior manager with North Highland Worldwide Consulting in Portland. “It has allowed me far greater exposure to far more complex problems than an industry job would have.”

Grover, who spent 4 1/2 years with Dallas-based Hitachi Consulting before joining ACME (which in 2015 was acquired by North Highland), earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from OSU and worked in semiconductor research and development for three years. He’d always figured he’d eventually add an MBA, something of a family tradition, and returning to Corvallis, Grover thrived in the program and its focus on innovation and commercialization.

“I loved it,” he said. “There’s a stark contrast between what it takes for something to be successful in the lab and what it takes to be successful in the marketplace. A lot of great ideas die in the lab because there’s not a need, or because that need isn’t appropriately fostered.

“I’m really proud of the fact that at the right time of my life I chose an MBA, which led to the right type of career,” said Grover, who completed his MBA in 2010 in three terms, taking five courses per term. “It’s a great degree to make yourself versatile. I’m not a specialist in any area but a generalist with the foundation to go deep whatever the situation.”