DETC Recognizes 2014 UMT Outstanding
Graduate & Famous Alumni
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 9,
UMT is pleased to announce that Mr. Ben-Johan F. van der Walt and
Mr. L. David Olson were selected as UMT's 2014 Distance Education and Training
Council (DETC) Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni respectively. Each year,
DETC conducts its Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni programs to recognize
the achievements of the millions who study at a distance today. Both of Mr. van
der Walt and Mr. Olson's stories have been published in the 2014 DETC Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni book and
are included below.
UMT's 2014 Outstanding
Ben-Johan F. van der Walt
"...distance education's flexibility made the
dream of obtaining an MBA a reality"
Ben-Johan van der Walt immigrated to the USA in 2000 with a degree
in Electronic Engineering and restarted his career as a Software Engineer. To
advance his career, he enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program
at the University of Management and Technology, with a concentration in project
While juggling family obligations and a fulltime job, UMT
made a Master's degree possible with their flexible distance learning degree
programs. In 2011, Vizuri, a division of AEM Corporation, recognized his
potential and offered him a new career opportunity.
As a software and
technology expert he was able to combine his technology experience with business
knowledge gained through the UMT program to gain a deeper understanding of
business processes and how technology can improve those processes to deliver
customer satisfaction and to generate new market opportunities. This was
demonstrated soon after receiving his MBA when he successfully delivered a new
insurance business solution to a Texas-based company in 2013.
MBA earned through flexible distance education helped me overcome difficult
challenges, allowing me to stay competitive in a very fast-moving industry."
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UMT's 2014 Famous Alumni
Dr. L. David Olson
…distance education allowed him continued
oversight of billion-dollar clean-up projects
L. David Olson was working in an engineering services company as a
Project Manager, holding a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
To strengthen his skills as he progressed up the managerial ladder, he enrolled
in the University of Management and Technology's online Doctor of Business
Administration program, emphasizing Project Management.
Doctorate in Business Administration solidified his selection as President of
Washington River Protection Solutions in 2013. At the Hanford nuclear site in
eastern Washington, Dave oversees a $400M+ annual budget for a 1,650-person
engineering-services-based organization utilizing highly-specialized,
cutting-edge technology to turn hazardous waste into a safe, immobile glass —
thus rendering the Northwest US environmentally safe from this nuclear hazard.
In addition to serving on the boards of several universities and
non-profit organizations, Dave reaches out to local universities, providing
on-campus career planning seminars for students, heightening his interest in
pursuing future opportunities to teach at the university level, now made
possible by his DBA degree from UMT.
"The University of Management
and Technology's doctoral track strengthened my strategic planning knowledge and
prepared me for future university teaching opportunities. The positive impact of
UMT's DBA program has been noticed by my employees as well as my corporate
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