Profiles of Excellence
Jasopin, a CALMAT MBA candidate, spends his days as a senior professional who specializes in managing high tech design and engineering projects. His distinguished career has included such roles as 45nm Program Manager for Qualcomm, Lead US Design Engineer for Chartered Semiconductor, Designer for the Fujitsu 3GHz UltraSparc CPU at Arcadia Design Systems, and numerous other circuit design and computer architecture roles at such Silicon Valley powerhouses as Intel, National Semiconductor, and LSI Logic. In his spare time, Jasopin serves on the Board of Directors and as CFO for the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA).
Despite a thriving career in integrated circuit design, Jasopin admits that until he came to CALMAT he didn't have a full understanding of business management, finance, tax law and marketing principles. Jasopin explains, "With CALMAT's MBA training, I have a better understanding of how and why certain business decisions were and should be made."
When asked how he balances the demands of work and school, Jasopin acknowledges it can sometime be a heavy load, however “CALMAT's flexible class schedule [makes it possible] with most courses offered on Friday night, Saturday and online. This fits my work schedule perfectly. Like many of my classmates, I spend my free time studying for my MBA courses. Trading one to two years of free time for a MBA degree is worthy pursuit, I think.”
Jasopin's passion for his MBA classes is palpable. “In many cases," Jasopin offers with excitement, "I am immediately able to apply course material to my professional life. For example, material from BUS 600 (Foundations of Business Management) helped me develop and communicate a business proposal. BUS 585 helped me to look into my maximum gain (by reducing my tax liability), and BUS 550 (Financial Accounting) let me understand how financial values are calculated. CALMAT has a friendly and easy-going environment, and I have found surprisingly many famous faculty members here.”
When asked if he wants to share anything else with prospective CALMAT students, Jasopin added: “I am learning a lot from CALMAT. So can you!”