Glenn Dorsey

Class Year

1970

Professional Background

I suspect many responses from English majors begin like this, but my career path has been circuitous. My first few years after graduation I spent working with kids in a variety of roles. While my wife was in law school (she was an English major too) I opened a bicycle shop, and then back to school to get a BS and MS in Engineering (Mechanical). I have worked in the manufacturing sector for the past 35 years in a variety of technical and technical management roles. I have a number of patents, write regularly for trade journals and technical journals, and travel extensivelyäóîI have a great job!!

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

When people learn I started out as an English major, they wonder if I regret that stopover on my way to a technical career. I tell them I wouldn't trade it for the world. I learned to think, to write, and to see the world through a variety of lenses. Engineering is problem solving and to do that it is important to understand the problemäóîthe real problem. The study of Literature, and the Liberal Arts for that matter, is good training for problem recognition. And of course I continue with my enjoyment of reading and learning.

Glenn Dorsey
VP, Product and Business Development, Moog, Inc.