Liberal Arts = Collaboration + Passion + Knowledge
Ian Brodie ’11
While at Carthage: Physics major, but with interests spanning religion, philosophy, history, and many other subjects.
Now: Sourcing and bids manager at Alstom Transport in Chicago.
His path: Enriched by interdisciplinary detours and intelligent company. “Looking back, I realize now that the rich learning environment at Carthage helped me cultivate a deep appreciation for the incredible complexity and nuance of the world we live in.”
While at Carthage, Ian Brodie ’11 was all over the map with his elective courses. He took classes ranging from religion and eastern medicine, to philosophy and music history before setting his sights on physics.
“There was this aura of total collaboration, knowledge, and passion permeating the department that made it captivating to be a part of each day,” he said.
Being at a liberal arts school, Mr. Brodie often got the opportunity to work on cross-discipline projects. “I once worked on research that blended optics, computer science, and psychology to study the effect of precise visual patterns on human perception. Since more than one department would be involved in such a project, I had to learn how to carefully define and manage expectations from all sides, use every possible tool at my disposal to creatively tackle problems, and, of course, keep track of my time. These skills have been invaluable in my career since the day I graduated.”
Mr. Brodie is now a sourcing and bids manager at Alstom Transport in Chicago, Illinois. He negotiates manufacturing and technical service contracts for passenger train modernization and repairs projects in North America. His team works hard to provide their customers, ranging from public transit authorities to private railroad operators, with the most competitive and innovative solutions possible.
“Looking back, I realize now that the rich learning environment at Carthage helped me cultivate a deep appreciation for the incredible complexity and nuance of the world we live in, and a sense of urgency to protect it so that my children and grandchildren may enjoy it the same way I have.
“This is the main reason I’m in an industry that is working to solve some of the biggest problems our world is facing, such as urban congestion and global dependence on fossil fuels.”