Alumni Conversations: Garrett Simpson ’11, Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecure (India)

Position: Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecurePhoto of Garrett Simpson '11 on the job in India

Location: New Delhi, India

Short description of what you do: As PharmaSecure is still a young company, I’ve been helping out with a variety of things. My main responsibilities are supporting the product development team by defining requirements for new products and overseeing their development, data analysis, and monitoring of current products.

Degree at Dartmouth: Bachelor’s of Engineering focusing in Mechanical Engineering

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

The general work environment and the people I work with — the organization is very flat, and I’ve gained some great friends and mentors during my time here.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 

Networking — I audited a Tuck class my senior year, Intro to Entrepreneurship, and met the CEO (Nathan Sigworth ’07) after a class in which he gave a guest lecture. Ten months later I Facebook messaged him out of the blue during a week of intense job searching, asking him if there were any internships or fellowships available and luckily there were!

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Reach out to and network with alumni. There are so many amazing people, and they will want to help you.  There are some useful job sites/lists that are more geared toward social enterprise as well, like

5. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth’s Network is truly amazing.  I’ve only just started out on my career more or less, with just a handful of internships under my belt, but all of my gainful employment post-graduation has been the direct result of networking with Dartmouth alumni.  As I’m starting to look for my next step, classmates a few years older than me have given great advice on how to frame my job search in a way that will help me clarify my career goals.

Summer Internship for those interested in Engineering, Math, and/or Economics

Summer Internship:

Applied Value is currently looking to fill Summer 2012 internship positions.  Dates are flexible but roughly June-August 2012.  This is posted on Dartboard (Job ID #12287) as well as Thayerlink – please submit resume via Dartboard/Thayerlink or email  Ideally the candidate should be a Junior (13).

Please submit resumes by midnight end of the day Monday March 5th.

I am an ’07 Dartmouth AB Engineering, ’07 Thayer BE and am currently a Manager at Applied Value after starting since I graduated in 2007.  A few great benefits of AV are the following:

  • Small boutique firm with low internal bureaucracy
  • Working closely to Seniors, flat organization
  • Group companies: Investments in public & private companies
  • Growing company with entrepreneurial opportunities and fast track career growth
  • Travel intensive with biannual company Offsites (South Africa, Europe, Iceland, etc)
  • Work hard, play hard mentality (Intelligent, hard-working, social consultants)
  • Immediate client interaction and hands-on learning

For more information on the position please check DartBoard or Thayerlink.

Vigilant Information Session – 2/2/2012

February 2nd, 2012 at 6 PM
Zaleski Auditorium, Thayer School

Please RSVP to by JANUARY 30th, 2012 if you would like to attend.

Positions posted in ThayerLink (

  • SOC Engineer
  • SOC Operations Analyst

– Open to all majors

Vigilant Inc. seeks innovative, energetic individuals to join our talented and diverse team. We are a rapidly growing and recognized industry leading company providing information security services to a wide range of customers. Key to our success is our collaborative culture, in which our security experts continually strive to deliver excellence to our customers, and build market-leading solutions to the market’s most pressing security management challenges.

Vigilant provides on-site and managed services that help IT security teams better defend and enable today’s dynamic business by refining and extending the security information and event management infrastructure.

Vigilant empowers customers to more efficiently respond to shifting threats, achieve regulatory compliance, and prioritize protection of services that drive revenue and competitive advantage, and measure progress of the overall IT risk management program.  Founded in 2003, Vigilant is headquartered in the New York Metro area and serves a wide range of global and regional organizations whose mission requires them to secure highly sensitive and regulated services.

Our jobs are open to all majors (Bachelor’s/Master’s program). We are looking for someone with a passion for technology and information security. We provide in-house training to all new hires to enable them succeed in their role.


Alison Andrews, CEO, Vigilant, Inc.

Alison Andrews is CEO of Vigilant, a privately held security services firm headquartered in the NY metropolitan area. Since joining the company in 2005, she has led Vigilant through innovations in managed security services, the development of proprietary tools that enable transaction-focused security monitoring, and the introduction of aggregated threat intelligence services, all of which have contributed to Vigilant’s compounded annual growth rate of  93% during her tenure.

She brought to Vigilant over a decade of experience building service delivery teams, developing enterprise software, and formulating security management solutions from the vantage point of business intelligence and SIEM technologies. She was formerly VP of professional services for e-Security (later acquired by Novell), with a track record of 54% annual growth.  She led professional services and partner management at eGrail, and helped restructure the company for its acquisition by FileNet Corporation in 2002. As VP of global education services at MicroStrategy, she held P&L responsibility for a $15M global business unit operating in 10 countries, achieving six consecutive years of growth an average profit margin of 35%. Ms. Andrews holds a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Marc Colon, Director of HR and Corporate Recruiting, Vigilant Inc.

Since 1997, Marc has worked for specialized IT staffing and integration companies placing technical talent for Fortune 100 companies in the NY Metro area. Marc joined Vigilant in 2007 to enable the company to achieve its growth and service quality targets by recruiting of high-end security talent, overseeing the on-boarding of Vigilant staff, and maintaining a rewarding work environment that promotes professional development and offers competitive compensation programs.

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute Fellowship – Deadline: January 24th

About the Program
This two-year fellowship is designed to provide a unique opportunity for recent bachelor’s degree recipients to gain experience in addressing diverse challenges related to science and engineering research in such areas as energy and the environment, education, information and communication technologies, innovation and competitiveness, national security, and international cooperation. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and for such federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

What to Expect:
Fellows work with a team of researchers on a wide variety of science and technology policy-analysis projects. Over the course of the two-year fellowship, experiences will include professional development through:

  • Participation in analyses in support of tasking from federal policy makers
  • Interaction with OSTP and federal science agency personnel
  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from members of the research staff
  • Involvement in workshops and discussion on relevant topics

Who Should Apply?
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by September 2012 and be U.S. citizens to apply. Competitive candidates will have strong academic records in life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, statistics, computer science, mathematical sciences, or the social and behavioral sciences. Candidates should have an interest in science and technology policy; however, previous policy experience or education is not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential. Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical self-starters who are able to work collaboratively in teams. Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Application Deadline
Complete applications received by January 24, 2012, will be given full consideration. Please visit their website for more information:


Public Utilities Specialist / Operations Research Analyst Internship – Bonneville Power Administration


The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for up to five highly qualified students to work in our Power Services organization located at our Headquarters building in Portland, OR.

The Bonneville Power Administration has been powering people and careers for nearly 75 years. We are a non-profit federal agency that provides clean, emissions-free hydroelectricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintains a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity.

The Power Services Intern Program (Program) is an intensive development program comprised of both job rotations, on the job experience and classroom-style training that should prepare you for a long-term career in Power Services.  When hired into this Program, you will receive these opportunities:

  • Exposure to a wide range of BPA and industry functions and issues through formal and informal trainings
  • Rotational assignments through different organizations within Power Services to provide specific on the job training
  • Tailored developmental plan
  • Program lasts approximately 12 months

Salary:  $12.59-$19.59/hour

Who Should Apply?

Students pursuing a degree in fields such as:  Engineering, mathematics, physical science, environmental science, economics, econometrics, statistics, or business administration.  Graduate students and undergraduates (who are currently in at least the 2nd year of studies).

Work Schedule/Environment:

Full time during the summer or part time during school year/full time summer. Office environment.

Program Details:

You will be working within the Power Services organization in one of the following positions:

  • Public Utilities Specialist
  • Operations Research Analyst

While in this Program, you will complete at least two rotations through two different Power Services organizations.  These organizations include but are not limited to Power Policy & Rates, Generation Asset Management, Northwest Requirements Marketing, Bulk Marketing and Energy Efficiency.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Students with demonstrated academic excellence and proficiency in a variety of computer applications, specifically the suite of Microsoft Office tools.  Experience with Matlab or S+ a plus.
  • Students with excellent communication and team effectiveness skills.
  • Students that have an interest in serving the Pacific Northwest and approach their work with drive, passion and curiosity.

BPA has excellent programs for students who want paid temporary work during the school year and/or cooperative education opportunities that also plug you into real world experience.  To read more about our student programs, go to and click on Students!